Gogglebox's Marina breaks silence on best friend Mary's death in sweet tribute after being left 'too upset to speak'

GOGGLEBOX'S Marina Wingrove has paid sweet tribute to her best friend Mary Cook after her sad death last month.

The TV favourite has broken her silence after previously being left "too upset to speak" by her co-star's passing at the age of 92.

The Channel 4 show shared Marina's sweet words that remembered their "laughs and giggles" to their official Instagram account this evening, alongside a video of them taking a selfie together on the show.

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' ❤️"

Mary passed away surrounded by her family on 23 August, and Marina was unable to speak out about her loss earlier due to her grief.

Marina, who starred alongside Mary in Gogglebox since 2016, said that she was "very sad" about the news before adding: "I'm a bit upset at the moment. I don't really want to talk about it."

Studio Lambert had confirmed Mary's death in a moving statement, which read: "We are extremely saddened to share that Gogglebox star Mary Cook passed away in hospital this weekend 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.

"Our love and thoughts are with Mary's family, friends, and Marina. The family have asked for privacy at this sad time."

Since shooting to fame on the eighth series of the much-loved reality show, the pair became fan favourites thanks to their hilarious on-screen banter.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Mary and Marina had to opt out of series 15, as well as the following season when the UK was put into lockdown again.

Luckily the pair were able to film for the latest episodes, which hit our screens back in May.

Mary and Marina lived next door to each other in St Monica Trust retirement home in Bristol for over ten years, and it was previously revealed that they landed a spot on Gogglebox after Marina was approached by a producer while shopping in Asda.

Earlier this month, Julie Malone paid tribute to Mary alongside other lost stars of the series when the show won a National Television Award.

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