By Sam Bridge
Family issues statement to 'end painful speculation' about sudden death of celebrated UK chef
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes died from a brain injury following a fall in Dubai, it was reported on Thursday.
The 59-year-old passed away from a subdural haematoma after he had enjoyed a meal with his wife at their Dubai home, his family said in a statement cited by media in the UK.
The chef's family released the statement in a bid to "end painful speculation" over the cause of death, the Daily Mail reported.
The statement said: "The Rhodes family can confirm that after a successful day shooting with Rock Oyster Media for ITV here in Dubai, Gary returned home in a very happy mood for a peaceful evening with his wife Jennie.
"After dinner, Gary unfortunately collapsed in their residence and was rushed to hospital but unfortunately passed away due to subdural haematoma.
"At this time, there are no other details and the family would again request privacy around this very tragic loss and again, thank friends and family for their ongoing support at this time."
The father-of-two has lived in Dubai since 2011 and passed away with his wife Jennie by his side.
Rhodes ran a popular restaurant at Grosvenor House Dubai which said it was "devastated" in a statement issued on Wednesday: "We have also lost an inspirational human being and a very dear friend," it said.
Rhodes was a household name in the early 2000s, and fronted shows such as Masterchef and Hell's Kitchen.
In 2017, Rhodes teamed up with UAE-based Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas to launch Vox ThEATre by Rhodes in Dubai.