Ex-wife of David Bowie and contestant in this years’, Celebrity Big Brother, Angie Bowie, was told the news of his death off air. A clip of her crying was used in an advert prior to the episode on Tuesday 12 January 2016.
The 66-year-old former model, actress and musician was shown crying alone in the diary room, at the news of Bowie’s death. She said, “I haven’t seen him in so many years, I can’t make a big drama out of it. I just feel like an era has ended with his passing. I’m so very sad”.
She was then seen being comforted by housemates David Guest and John Partridge as she tells them “the stardust is gone”.
People on Twitter are appalled at Channel 5 for “cashing in” on Angie’s grief.
The media regulator Ofcom has received a number of complaints about the advert, and is assessing whether or not to investigate.