Gogglebox Australia star Di Kershaw has died aged 76 after a short illness.
Di, a former model-turned-Indigenous art dealer, had been on the Channel 10-Foxtel show with her husband Mick since its first season in 2015.
She is survived by Mick, their adult children Victoria and Alex, and young grandson Harvey.
Doctors reportedly discovered a tumour in her throat several months ago and it was found to be inoperable.
Gogglebox star Di Kershaw (right) has died after a short illness. The Indigenous art dealer had been part of the Foxtel show with her husband Mick (left) since its first season in 2015
Entertainment reporter Peter Ford broke the news on 3AW on Monday.
‘She’d been sick sadly for a couple of months now, so to Mick and the entire family,’ Ford said.
‘She was great talent. The producers struck gold when they found her.’
The Kershaws, from Sydney’s Northern Beaches, had been married for more than 50 years. They first met at a pub when Di was 17 and Mick was 20.
Di is seen bottom row, second from right, with the cast of Gogglebox Australia
‘It wasn’t quite like a reality show,’ she once said of their courtship.
‘It wasn’t anything official like fancy dinners and drinking cocktails at a bar. It was hanging out as a group, drinking rum and Coke – very unsophisticated.’
Mick proposed after dating on and off for five years.
She is survived by husband Mick, their adult children Victoria and Alex, and grandson Harvey. (The Kershaws, from Sydney’s northern beaches, are pictured here in their younger years)
Di was known for her dry sense of humour on Gogglebox, and would often come out with withering put-downs while reacting to dating shows.
She famously did not think much of fellow couch critic Angie Kent embarking on a reality TV career.
‘She was on Gogglebox, then went to the jungle, then she became the Bachelorette, and now she’s a dancing star… Spare me. She’s no dancer, that’s for sure,’ she once said.
A friend of the Kershaws said Di chose not to tell anyone about her declining health.
Di and Mick are pictured on their wedding day more than 50 years ago
Di (pictured in her twenties) began her working life as a model, but it was her career as an Indigenous art dealer for which she was best known
‘She didn’t feel well a few months ago and [Mick] took her to their doctor. After many tests and specialists, they discovered a tumour in her throat that was inoperable,’ they said.
‘That was when she decided not to tell anyone and just spend quality time with their family.’
Di began her working life as a model, but it was her career as an Indigenous art dealer for which she was best known.
Di was known for her dry sense of humour on Gogglebox, and would often come out with withering put-downs while reacting to dating shows
A friend of the Kershaws said Di chose not to tell anyone about her declining health
She convinced her husband to give up his high-flying career as an advertising executive in order to follow their passion for art.
They ran an Aboriginal art gallery and dealership for more than three decades.
After a long career in the industry, Di was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2020 for her service to the visual arts.
Di and Mick appeared on every season of Gogglebox, but did disappear briefly during the eleventh season in 2020 when they chose to self-isolate in their Sydney home without a camera crew present.
The Kershaws’ son Alex married in 2018. Their daughter Victoria is also married with one son named Harvey, whom Di adored.
Di convinced husband Mick to give up his high-flying career as an advertising executive in order to follow their passion for art. They ran an Indigenous art gallery and dealership for more than three decades. (The Kershaws are pictured here in their younger years)
A spokesperson for Foxtel, Channel 10 and production company Endemol Shine Australia said: ‘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 End Shine Australia we extend our honor 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.’
Mick and Di are seen here in the art gallery they operated for 30-plus years