Gogglebox Australia star Di Kershaw dies following secret illness

·Lifestyle Reporter
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Gogglebox Australia fans are devastated after it was announced that a much-loved star has died.

Di Kershaw, who appeared on the show with her husband Mick, passed away at age 76 after a short illness.

Gogglebox stars Mick and Di Kershaw sit in their home. Di is in a leopard print shirt.
Gogglebox star Di Kershaw has passed away. Photo: Ten

The couple had been on Gogglebox since it first aired in 2015, with Di known for her sense of humour and hilarious laugh.

The news was broken by entertainment reporter Peter Ford on 3AW this morning.

“She’s been sick sadly for a couple of months now, so condolences to Mick and the entire family. She was great talent — the producers struck gold when they found her,” he said.

The couple were Indigenous art dealers, and had been married for over 50 years at the time of Di’s death.

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Di was a fan-favourite, with people loving her ‘sassy wit’ and ‘honest’ commentary, particularly on dating shows.

The couple met when Mick was 20 and Di was 17, and were open about how they didn't love Married At First Sight and The Bachelor, which made for fantastic TV.

The pair have had an interesting history, with their Gogglebox bio reading: "Di, a former model, convinced Mick to give up his high-flying career as an advertising executive in order to follow their passion for art. They opened their own art gallery and dealership and 30-years later, the business is still going strong."

Sepia coloured photo of a young Di Kershaw modelling, with her hair in an updo
Di had a lengthy career as a model when she was younger. Photo: Facebook/Gogglebox

According to the Daily Mail, a friend of the couple said Di decided to keep her illness secret, and prioritised spending time with her family.

“She didn’t feel well a few months ago and [Mick] took her to the doctor. After many tests and specialists, they discovered a tumour in her throat that was inoperable,” the publication reported.

“That was when she decided not to tell anyone and just spend quality time with the family.”

Fans were quick to flood social media with condolences and their favourite memories of Di on Gogglebox.

Oh that’s so sad. Di always made me laugh and was a real character…our condolences to Mick at this very difficult time,” one person wrote.

“Sad to hear this news, her wit was one of the things that made the show,” another added.

“How terribly sad. I loved her attitude,” a third wrote.

'Unbelievably saddened'

FOXTEL, Network 10 and Endemol Shine Australia released a joint statement on Monday morning regarding Di's death.

"We are unbelievably saddened to hear of the passing of Di Kershaw.

"For the past eight years we were privileged to have her luminescent character make us chuckle with her sardonic wit, crackling laugh and her impeccable style on Gogglebox.

"From everyone at FOXTEL, Network 10, and Endemol Shine Australia we extend our condolences and love to husband Mick and the rest of the family. Thank you for letting us share the warmth, humour and heart of your wife, mother, and grandmother.

"Di would always sign off correspondence with ‘Pleasure Treasure’, but the pleasure was all ours and we will treasure it forever.”

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