The 83-year-old Gogglebox TV star was adored for his hilarious one-liners, alongside his beloved wife June.
And now, June has broken her silence after Leon’s tragic passing – thanking fans for their ongoing support through this difficult time.
In an emotional Tweet, June said: “Thank you folks for all your wonderful messages.
“Leon would have loved reading them & hearing how much he was loved. Goodnight & God Bless!”
And fans were quick to comment on the heartwarming message, with one writing: “We are so grateful that you shared your front room with us and let us see what a lasting love looks like.”
“Lovely, witty man and will alway be remembered in my family’s eyes xxx,” a second added, while a third wrote: “The world has lost a very special person who will be missed by so may especially you and your family. Love and hugs being sent.x”
This has to be our favourite Gogglebox moment of all time [Channel 4]
Broadcaster Channel 4 revealed the news, revealing the star passed away on Saturday (23 Dec 2017), leaving behind his adoring wife June.
They said in a statement: “It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sad news that after a short illness Gogglebox’s Leon Bernicoff passed away in hospital earlier today.
“Leon and his wife June were the first members of the public to be cast for Gogglebox back in early 2013, and they soon grew to become much-loved voices during the course of the show’s 10 series to date.
“Leon’s unique personality and sharp wit endeared him to fans of the show, as he contributed fully to Gogglebox’s reputation as a programme full of warm humour and unvarnished opinion.
“To those of us that knew him personally, Leon was a man of unwavering principles who exerted a distinct paternal presence both on and off screen. He will be dearly missed by the entire Gogglebox family; cast and crew.
“Our thoughts are with June, his two daughters, sons-in-law and beloved grandchildren – all of whom have asked for their privacy to be respected at this incredibly sad time.”