Gogglebox’s Andy Michael made ‘ultimate sacrifice’ for his family after they were axed from show

TRAGIC Andrew Michael made a huge sacrifice for his family after they were axed from Gogglebox.

The dad of four, whose death at the age of 61 was announced today, had ambitions to be a politician for Ukip.

The Michaels had been with Gogglebox since the start – but vanished from screens in 2015 when he ran for office.

Andrew, wife Carolyne and their children were axed from the hit after he ran to be an MP for Ukip in Hastings and Rye.

The move, which reportedly left the family in tears, was so painful they weren't able to watch the show after being forced off air.

Carolyne told fans: "It's with great sadness that we must say goodbye to the wonderful Gogglebox family. Andy entering politics so can no longer stay with it."

However, Andrew did not win the seat and decided to sacrifice his dream of being a politician to please his family.

He told The Sun: "I have a responsibility to keep my family happy after they supported me last autumn.

"That was a big deal for us. They supported me then, so it's my time to support them now.

"Now I have stepped down from my official position as prospective parliamentary candidate. I was happy to step down in order to pick up Gogglebox."

Andrew's death was announced by Channel 4 and Gogglebox producers Studio Lambert today.

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A statement read: "Retired hotelier Andy, who brought much wit and insight to Gogglebox, was one of the show's original cast members, appearing in the very first episode in 2013.

"Beloved father to Katy, Alex, Pascal and Louis, and cherished husband of Carolyne, Andy was a much-loved and respected member of the Gogglebox family, and he will be very sadly missed.

"Our love and thoughts are with Carolyne and the entire family. The family have asked for privacy at this very sad time."

Sophie Sandiford, who appears on the show with brother Pete Sandiford, was one of the first Gogglebox stars to pay tribute to her late co-star.

In a social media post, she wrote: "Rest in peace Andy."

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