TRIBUTES are being paid to a reality television star who is believed to have died after an "accident at work".

George Gilbey, from St Osyth, is understood to have died suddenly at the age of 40.

Although currently unconfirmed, he is believed to be the man who died earlier today after a fall from height at a warehouse in Shoebury.

He was best known for appearing on Channel 4’s Gogglebox and Celebrity Big Brother.

He would often be seen watching some of TV's most popular shows while relaxing on the sofa with his mum Linda and late step-dad Pete.

Friends and fans of the star have now taken to social media to pay tribute. Fellow TV personality and friend Ricci Guarnaccio, who also starred on Geordie Shore, said that George's death came as a result of an "accident at work". 

Echo: Family - Gogglebox star George Gilbey (middle) with his mum Linda and late step-dad PeteFamily - Gogglebox star George Gilbey (middle) with his mum Linda and late step-dad Pete (Image: Channel 4)
One wrote: "I can't believe what I've heard today, I'm still hoping it's not true.

George Gilbey this is just one post of so many I've seen today which shows what a loved person you were mate.

“RIP my old friend, can't comprehend not bumping into you again at every turn.”

Another said: “Wish this wasn’t true. Gonna miss you George Gilbey - you was a one in a million. Fly high mate.”

"So sad to hear about George. He and his family have supported our charity in the past. R.I.P," added another.

Regarding the Shoebury incident, a spokesman for Essex Police said earlier this afternoon: "We received a report of an incident at Campfield Road in Shoebury at around 10am this morning, during which a man who was working at height had fallen and sustained an injury.

"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."

George's suspected death comes after his step-dad Pete died suddenly in 2021.

The 71-year-old passed away days after being told he had six months to live after being diagnosed with bowel cancer - with wife Linda saying her son had been left "really cut up".

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