TV show builder John 'Cocksy' Cocks has died

goss 07/02/2019

Popular Kiwi TV handiman, John 'Cocksy' Cocks, has died at age 52 after a long battle with kidney cancer.

Cocksy was a well-known Kiwi celeb as a star in many popular NZ reality and home improvement shows of the late 1990's and 2000's, including 'My House, My Castle', 'April's Angels', 'Cocksy's Day Off' and 'Celebrity Treasure Island'.

An official death notice described Cocksy as "NZ's much loved builder and handyman", who died "peacefully, at his special place in Tairua, with the people who he loved" on February 6, reported Stuff.

"Loved soulmate and husband of Dana. Much loved Dad of Georgia, Ella and Sophie, and loyal sidekick of Biggie Smalls. Dearly loved eldest son of Joan and Reg, and much loved brother of Jane and Stuart (Pid)."

The 52-year-old had been battling the disease since his diagnosis in April 2016, and spent the past year at the newly built house he designed in Tairua.