Craig Charles was missing from the live section of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! tonight after he was reportedly told of his brother's sudden death.
The Coronation Street star's future on the ITV show is uncertain after he was informed of the death of his older brother Dean, The Sun said.
It is believed producers broke the news to him last night as he woke up in the Australian jungle, according to the newspaper.
Charles, 50, was not seen with his fellow contestants when presenters Ant and Dec entered the campsite on tonight's episode.
However, the duo had told viewers earlier that they could not vote for Charles when deciding which celebrity should take part in the next bushtucker trial.
Meanwhile, The Only Way Is Essex star Gemma Collins told fellow campers that the show had put her off TV for life after she quit the jungle.
She left in the early hours of today, having managed just three days while grumbling about hunger and complaining that she thought she may have malaria.
But Collins, 33, said she had no regrets about taking part and suggested she would refocus her life as she declared: "I believe that this is the start of me now, and nothing is going to change it.''
Her final moments were screened in the show this evening, as she followed past contestants Brian Conley, Nigel Havers and Katie Price, who are among those who have previously opted to leave.
She had already made it clear that she wanted out, saying: "I cannot go another day in here, it's not on, it's ridiculous - it's put me off TV for life, t his is bull****, I can't handle it, get me out, I won't be coming back for more ever, ever, ever.''
Viewers have seen 18-stone Collins grumble about the food portions, saying "People who murder get treated better than this. Even a murderer gets fed three times a day.''
She misdiagnosed herself as suffering malaria - which has long been wiped out in Australia where the show is filmed - as a result of an upset stomach.
Explaining her decision to go she said: "I have to start living my life the way I want to live it and this isn't it. Do you know what, I don't want any of this, I just don't want to have to put myself through such extreme measures all the time. I just want to be normal.''
And she told the others on the show: "I'm so out of my comfort zone that it's made me realise the girl I once was. I have become a character, a puppet of Gemma that is not the real me and no amount of money would keep me here.
"I just want to be me and I don't need to sit in the jungle for three weeks and play up to the cameras, I'm tired of it, I just want to be me. This has been the most life changing thing I've ever done and the best thing I could have done for myself.''
Her fellow competitors had already grumbled that her presence was having a detrimental effect on them, with Charles complaining: "The negative vibes are constant and bringing me down.''
Collins's departure may cause some concerns for camper Tinchy Stryder who went through a gruelling series of challenges to ease her plight by releasing her from a prison area of the jungle camp.
The rapper braved a tank of rotting meat, cockroaches, fish guts and mud crabs to win meals but he sacrificed his winnings - which would have held off the contestants' hunger pangs - to free one of the others from the "slammer''.
But his efforts - and their lost meals - now appear to have been in vain.
Viewers appeared unsurprised that she had walked off. One wrote on Twitter: "Gemma Collins has quit the I'm a Celebrity Jungle. And in other news, Bags of peanuts may contain traces of nuts.''
Others appeared unimpressed by her lack of resilience, with one online message saying: "How can Gemma quit I'm A Celebrity? People starve across the world and she's lasted 48 hours on a low quantity of food. What a clapped fish."
Collins' manager Gemma Wheatley told BBC Radio 5 live tonight that she would not be receiving her full fee.
Ms Wheatley said: "The way the contract is positioned, she gets a percentage for a certain number of days.
"But absolutely she won't get the full fee and it would be very unfair if she did. She hasn't done her time and she shouldn't receive her full fee and she's well aware of that. She will receive a small proportion of it."