Gogglebox star Marina Wingrove has paid an emotional tribute to her "dearest friend" Mary Cook following her death in August.
Mary, who regularly had fans of the Channel 4 in hysterics with her quips, passed away aged 92 – leaving her best pal Marina "too upset to speak".
Now Marina has made a sweet statement to her co-star through the official Gogglebox Twitter account.
The tweet read: "A tribute from Marina to Mary.
"'My dearest friend Mary, treasured memories will last forever. Our laughs and giggles and our ups and downs will forever be in my heart.
"Deepest sympathies to Mary’s family. Love Marina," with a love-heart emoji.
Marina had previously said of Mary’s passing: "I’m a bit upset at the moment. I don’t really want to talk about it."
The pals lived next door to each other in St Monica Trust retirement home in Bristol for more than 10 years.
Channel 4 and Studio Lambert originally confirmed the news of Mary’s death with a statement which read: "We are extremely saddened to share that Gogglebox star Mary Cook passed away in hospital this week at the age of 92 with her family by her side.
"Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and dear friend to many, Mary, who worked in the hospitality trade, had been married and widowed twice."
The statement went on: "Mary will be sorely missed by the entire Gogglebox family, cast and crew.
"Our love and thoughts are with Mary's family, friends, and Marina. The family have asked for privacy at this sad time."
Marina and Mary first appeared in series eight of the reality show, and quickly became firm favourites with fans for their hilarious banter and cheeky quips.
Marina and Mary were sadly absent for series 15 of the programme due to coronavirus restrictions, but returned for the latest 2021 episodes.
They were initially poached for the show during a trip to ASDA, with Mary explaining: "I was going shopping, so I asked them if they could wait until we got back.
"They came up to Marina’s flat, held cards up of different famous people and we had to talk about them," she said of the audition process.
Tributes were paid to all the Gogglebox members who sadly died over the last 18 months with a poignant speech at the National Television Awards.
The Malones and Sandifords picked up the gong, with Julie Malone announcing: "On a sad note, I’d like to dedicate this award to all the people we’ve lost in the past 18 months."
Along with Mary, the show also lost Andy Michael and Pete McGarry over the last two years.
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