Much-loved Gogglebox veteran and art dealer, Di Kershaw OAM, has died.
She passed away on Friday at Sacred Heart Hospice after recent illness.
Foxtel, Network 10 and Endemol Shine Australia said in a statement, “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 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.”
Di met husband Mick on Sydney’s Northern Beaches when she was 17, and both were happily married for more than 50 years.
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. The couple became dealers in Indigenous Art and in 2020 Di was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for her long service to the visual arts. She became an Ambassador and Guide for the Museum of Contemporary Art, a Consultant to the Australian Art Network, Mentor to Women in the Arts and had donated artworks through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.
They were parents to two children and lived in an art-filled apartment in inner Sydney where they regularly welcomed the Gogglebox team to film segments.
Di became famous but much-loved by viewers, for her blunt views -especially around detestable views of reality television and her trademark “baby” added to critiques.
Di preferred quality documentaries, cooking shows, Louis Theroux and Rick Stein. Together with Mick, the couple featured on Gogglebox since 2015, but were absent during one season due to COVID lockdowns.
She becomes the second cast member to have passed away following the death of Stuart Kidd in 2018.
Gogglebox is due to return in coming weeks.
This post updates.