Scene where Gogglebox’s George Gilbey died in ‘work accident’ cordoned off by police

Scene where Gogglebox’s George Gilbey died in ‘work accident’ cordoned off by police

Police at the scene where Gogglebox star George Gilbey died (Picture: Newsquest; Shutterstock)

Investigators have sealed off the scene where Gogglebox star George Gilbey died aged 40 after a fall.

The reality star, who appeared on the Channel 4 show with his mum Linda and late stepdad Pete, died in a freak ‘work accident’ in Shoebury, Southend-on-Sea on Wednesday morning.

Police, though they have not formally named Gilbey, confirmed they were called to an incident after a man fell from a height and was injured. He died at the scene.

Now, officers have cordoned off the building where Gilbey died as they carry out investigations.

Gilbey’s death was confirmed by his sister who wrote on social media: ‘Rest in eternal paradise brother. Far too young but god only takes the best.’

His mum Linda is said to be devastated, with a source telling The Sun: ‘This will hit his family very hard, especially Linda.

Gilbey appeared on Gogglebox with his mum and late stepdad (Picture: Channel 4)

The family first joined the Channel 4 show in 2013 (Picture: Channel 4)

‘George was like her little treasure.’

Tributes have since been paid, including from Gogglebox fans and Gilbey’s Celebrity Big Brother co-star Ricci Guarnaccio.

Ricci wrote on X: ‘Breaks my [heart] but @georgegilbey you are well and truely going to be missed my friend.

‘Always lit up the room, cared for others & the memories we made I’ll cherish for ever brother. From CBB to speaking to you last week, I’m going to hugely miss you ma boiii! Love you GG.’

Gilbey appeared to have returned from the gym in his last social media post (Picture: Facebook)

Gilbey also appeared on Celebrity Big Brother, coming in fourth place (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)

Gilbey’s last social media picture was posted just days before his death.

He shared a grinning selfie on Facebook and appeared, according to earlier posts, to have been on his way back from the gym.

In a statement shared with, a spokesperson for Gogglebox said: ‘George was part of the Gogglebox family for eight series alongside his mum Linda and step-dad Pete. Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Linda, and George’s family and friends at this very sad time. The family have asked for privacy.’

A spokesman for Essex Police told ‘We received a report of an incident at Campfield Road in Shoebury at around 10am this morning (27 March), during which a man who was working at height had fallen and sustained an injury.

Gilbey’s mum Linda is said to be devastated by his death (Picture: George James Gilbey)

Gilbey died after falling from a height aged 40 (Picture: Karwai Tang/WireImage)

‘The ambulance service including air ambulance were in attendance. Sadly, the man died at the scene.

‘We will continue liaising with partners including the Heath and Safety Executive. A cordon remains in place at the scene.’

Gilbey first appeared on Gogglebox with Linda and Pete in September 2013 before appearing on Celebrity Big Brother the following year, finishing in fourth place.

The family returned to Gogglebox in 2016, before Gilbey left two years later and Linda and Pete continued without him until 2020. Pete died in 2021 following a short illness.

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