The Nine Network has released a statement saying contestant Josh Moore has left the Big Brother house due to tragic personal circumstances.
Last night, Josh’s parents flew to the Gold Coast to break the news of the sudden death of his 32-year-old brother Toby. It is believed Toby suffered a heart attack.
The 28-year-old from Adelaide was called to the Captain's Quarters as the housemates prepared to go to bed and given the news.
He was immediately released from the house so he could spend the night with his devastated parents. Josh later announced he would leave the competition to go home to support his family.
Live updates from the house have currently ceased to give Josh time to say goodbye to the housemates in private, and to allow them to process the news. Josh's farewell conducted in privtae and was not filmed.
As a result of Josh leaving the house, this week's voting has been closed and funds from this period will be donated to The Salvation Army, a charity nominated by Josh and his family.
There will be no Big Brother Eviction this Sunday night; instead Big Brother will show extended footage from the weekend and celebrate Josh’s time in the House. From Monday, Live Nominations will continue as scheduled.
“The Southern Star production team and the Nine Network wish to express their sympathy to the family and ask the fans of Big Brother and the media to allow them privacy at this time,” a Nine spokesman said.
See how you can send a message of support to Josh and his family at www.bigbrother.com.au.
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