A statement from the star’s family read: ‘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 26 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.’
Rhodes was best known for fronting programmes including MasterChef, Hell’s Kitchen and MasterChef USA.
The chef died in Dubai, where he had a restaurant called Rhodes W1 at Grosvenor House Dubai and another named Rhodes Twenty10 at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort.
On news of his death, both hotels released the following joint statement: “The team at Grosvenor House Dubai and Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa are devastated to hear of the tragic passing of Chef Gary Rhodes OBE. Not only has the industry lost a true culinary legend, we have also lost an inspirational human being and a very dear friend.
“No words can express our sadness at Gary’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rhodes family.”</em
In 2008, Rhodes competed on Strictly Come Dancing, and was the third star to be eliminated with partner Karen Hardy.
Rhodes is survived by his wife of 30 years Jennie and their sons Samuel and George.
Following the devastating news, famous faces rushed to pay tribute to the late TV chef. Jamie Oliver led the messages, sharing a photo of his ‘inspiration’ on his Instagram page.
Alongside the upload, he wrote: ‘Sadly Chef Gary Rhodes OBE passed away after a tragic fall. My heart felt sympathies to his wife, kids, friends and family, sending love and thought… ‘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.’
While Gillian McKeith tweeted: ‘I’m shocked and saddened by the news of Gary Rhodes. Rest in peace.
‘Prayers to the family. Such a wonderful person in this world. Gx.’
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