‘Taken aback’: Mum breaks silence over Gogglebox star’s death

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The heartbroken mum of a Gogglebox star has said she has been “taken aback” by the outpouring of grief for her son.

George Gilbey – who made UK Gogglebox audiences laugh as he sat on the couch alongside his mum Linda McGarry and stepdad Peter McGarry – tragically passed away last week.

The reality star died after “falling from height” while working on Wednesday.

Police in Essex, east of London, said they have made an arrest while investigating Gilbey’s death.

Ms McGarry, 74, said she had received hundreds of messages since her son’s death.

A close friend of Gilbey, 40, Ricci Guarnaccio spoke on Ms McGarry’s behalf while she tried to come to terms with what has happened, reported The Sun.

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Guarnaccio – who met Gilbey when they appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2014 – said: “Linda wants to say a huge thank you to everyone who has sent condolences”.

“She just wants everyone to remember him for who he was. She’s obviously hurt at the minute but it’s hugely appreciated.”

Guarnaccio – who spoke to Gilbey on the phone just last week – continued: “For the family, for Linda, she really, really wants everyone to know she’s taken back”.

“And she’s getting shown a lot of the messages that’s come through because she doesn’t really deal with Twitter and stuff.

“All the messages that people have been saying – all the stories, all the good times that George’s has brought to their lives, and all the funny memories they’ve got from Gogglebox and Big Brother – it does mean a lot to her.

“So if people could keep doing that, it would be appreciated.”

Gilbey’s death three years after that of his stepdad Peter McGarry, who starred with him and his mum on Gogglebox.

The family were axed from the show in 2014 – but Gilbey stepped into the Celebrity Big Brother house the same year.

Gilbey was much loved on CBB and made it all the way to the final impressing viewers.

He died on Wednesday at the EGL Homecare site in Shoeburyness, 75km east of London

A work colleague who was with Gilbey when he fell to his death in a ­warehouse has been arrested for manslaughter.

“As part of our ongoing investigation into the death of a man in Campfield Road, Shoeburyness, on Wednesday 27 March, we have arrested a man in their forties from the Witham area on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter,” Essex Police said in a statement.

“This is a joint investigation with the Health and Safety Executive and our inquiries are ongoing.”

As friends gathered at a pub near Gilbey’s home, police were seen at the warehouse where he died. Scaffolding and temporary stairs could be seen outside.

This story was published in The Sun and is reproduced with permission.