Sandra Martin

Gogglebox star's sister-in-law passes away from coronavirus 

The Channel 4 reality show star tweeted that her sister-in-law was ill a few days ago

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Former Gogglebox star Sandra Martin has confirmed the sad news that her sister-in-law has passed away after contracting coronavirus. She tweeted the tragic news on Friday, writing: "[I'm] crying. My brother's wife just died of coronavirus. RIP my sister-in-law." She had previously confirmed that her sister-in-law and her niece were in hospital with symptoms, writing: "I told you my brother's wife and her daughter [were] in hospital with coronavirus... well just spoke to my brother and they are both still in hospital but critical now. The hospital call my brother 10am this morning he is at his wife side. Pray. (sic)"

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Sandra previously appeared on Gogglebox with her friend Sandy 

She added: "This has made me very unwell…wen it hits your doorstep you feel the pain…am constantly praying. My heart goes out to everyone [sic]." Her followers were quick to offer her their condolences, with one writing: "I am so sorry for your loss Sandra. My prayers and condolences to you, your family and loved ones at this difficult time. May she rest in perfect peace. Amen." Another added: "I am so sorry to hear your news, my sincere condolences to you and your family."

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