By Cara Dudgeon

28th November 2019

Gary Rhodes died of “natural causes” after he was taken ill “very suddenly” during a break from filming a new TV show

Image Source/ Caterer Middle East

The late TV chef passed away yesterday (26.11.19) aged 59 at his home in Dubai, “a short time after” he was taken ill, and he died with his wife Jennie by his side.

Rock Oyster Media and Goldfinch TV said in a statement:

‘Gary was in the middle of filming a wonderful new series with Rock Oyster Media for ITV from his base in Dubai.

‘All at Rock Oyster Media and Goldfinch are devastated by this tragic news.

‘Gary was taken ill very suddenly at home during a break in filming and died a short time afterwards.

‘Production was obviously halted as soon as Gary was taken ill and members of the Rock Oyster Team remain in Dubai to support the family as best they can’.

A statement released by Dubai Police said the chef “died of natural causes”.

Chef Vineet Bhatia took to Twitter to pay tribute to Gary, just four days after filming alongside him for his new show.

He wrote:

‘Extremely sad to know of Gary Rhodes sudden passing away.

‘Had known this gem of a man for years and intact filmed with him just 4 days ago for his new TV series.

‘RIP my friend and may God give strength to Jennie and your boys in these tough times. (sic)’.

Several other TV chefs have paid tribute to the late Hell’s Kitchen star, including Jamie Oliver.

He wrote:

‘Sadly Chef Gary Rhodes OBE passed away. My heart felt sympathies to his wife, kids, friends and family, sending love and thoughts…..

‘Gary was a fantastic chef and incredible ambassador for British cooking, he was a massive inspiration to me as a young chef.

‘He reimagined modern British cuisine with elegance and fun. rest in peace Chef (sic)’.

Gordon Ramsay wrote on Twitter:

‘We lost a fantastic chef today in Gary Rhodes. He was a chef who put British Cuisine on the map.

‘Sending all the love and prayers to your wife and kids. You’ll be missed Gx (sic)’.

Gary’s family said in a statement:

‘The Rhodes family are deeply saddened to announce the passing of beloved husband, father and brother, Gary Rhodes OBE.

‘Gary passed away last evening, Tuesday 26th November 2019, at the age of 59, with his beloved wife Jennie by his side.

‘The family would like to thank everyone for their support and ask for privacy during this time’.

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