Chef Gary Rhodes’ death has been announced in a statement from his family, which said: “The Rhodes family are deeply saddened to announce the passing of beloved husband, father and brother Gary Rhodes OBE. Gary passed away last evening 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.”
Gary was living in Dubai at the time of his death, where he had moved with his wife in 2011. Production companies Rock Oyster Media and Goldfinch TV issued a statement, which read: “Gary was in the middle of filming a wonderful new series with Rock Oyster Media for ITV from his base in Dubai. 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."
Heartfelt condolences were issued on Instagram from his compatriots like Jamie Oliver...
... and Gordon Ramsay:
We share their sorrow for the sudden loss of this Michelin-starred chef who filled our homes with his fun and cheeky demeanour and his constant championing of British cuisine on shows like MasterChef, Hell’s Kitchen and Rhodes Around Britain.