Beloved Australian children’s presenter and Agro’s Cartoon Connection star dies

Beloved Australian children’s entertainer Michael ‘Gibbo’ Gibson died on Monday aged 69 after a long battle with dementia.

The veteran TV presenter appeared on the iconic Channel Seven variety series Agro’s Cartoon Connection alongside the famous puppet character.

His wife Carol confirmed the heartbreaking news in a statement on Facebook: ‘Many of you may know by now of the passing of my lovely husband Michael.

‘He left us after another Dementia battle and while it was sad to watch, I’m grateful he’s now free. He was the brightest of us and we were so fortunate to share his time.’

Gibbo was famous for always wearing painters overalls on the program, as he hammed it up alongside co-hosts Ann-Maree Biggar and Terasa Livingstone.

Beloved Australian children’s entertainer Michael ‘Gibbo’ Gibson (pictured) died on Monday aged 69 after a long battle with dementia

The veteran TV presenter appeared on the iconic Channel Seven variety series Agro's Cartoon Connection alongside the famous puppet character (Pictured in 1993)

The veteran TV presenter appeared on the iconic Channel Seven variety series Agro’s Cartoon Connection alongside the famous puppet character (Pictured in 1993)

He was born in 1954 and had a lifelong passion for performing, attending Sydney’s National Institute of Dramatic Arts in 1977 alongside the unrelated Mel Gibson.

Michael also worked behind the scenes, and co-produced Agro during his stint on the show from 1990 – 1996.

He also worked for the Nine Network in Brisbane for many years, as program promotions manager, producer, writer and voice over artist.

Gibbo was famous for always wearing painters overalls on the program, as he hammed it up alongside co-hosts Ann-Maree Biggar and Terasa Livingstone

Gibbo was famous for always wearing painters overalls on the program, as he hammed it up alongside co-hosts Ann-Maree Biggar and Terasa Livingstone

Michael also worked behind the scenes, and co-produced Agro during his stint on the show from 1990 - 1996

Michael also worked behind the scenes, and co-produced Agro during his stint on the show from 1990 – 1996

The Queensland-based performer also frequently appeared on the Hit Network’s B105 FM in Brisbane as a guest host and comedy performer.

Agro puppeteer Jamie Dunn paid tribute to his former colleague on social media: ‘Farewell my funny friend. You were hilarious 100% of the time.

‘I have nothing but wonderful memories of you.’

Gibbo is survived by his wife Carol, whom he married in 1977, and their two children. 

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