Tragedy struck Wednesday when it was revealed that beloved TV icon and culinary legend, Gary Rhodes, had died from what is reported to be natural causes, according to the Daily Mail.
His death was entirely unexpected and may have been related to an injury he suffered in his teen years.
Serious head injury
Rhodes, who was a celebrity chef and had been filming for a new ITV show, died suddenly in Dubai with his wife by his side.
He had suffered a serious head injury in 1979 when he was hit by a van at the age of 19. His then-girlfriend, now-wife Jennie was told that he may have suffered such serious brain damage that he may never talk again.
Against all odds, he made a full recovery in six months, though his doctors warned him he would be at risk of complications for the rest of his life.
It is thought that his death is the result of a blood clot related to his accident. The PR director at the Grosvenor House Dubai said that Rhodes was “was working until the day he died.”
In reaction to this tragic loss, famous chef Gordon Ramsey tweeted: “We lost a fantastic chef today in Gary Rhodes. He was a chef who put British Cuisine on the map.”
Leaving an honorable legacy
Rhodes’ accomplishments in the culinary world are significant. At the age of 26, Rhodes received his first Michelin star and over his career was the head chef at five different Michelin-starred restaurants.
Rhodes was so accomplished that he attained the position of Officer of the British Empire in 2016 for his services.
“The first rock star of cooking” also is known for fronting such TV shows as MasterChef, MasterChef USA, Hell’s Kitchen, Ready Steady Cook, and Rhodes Around Britain.
According to The Times of London, the Rhodes family issued an announcement which said in part: “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.”
His brother Chris also stated that he “not only lost a brother but a best friend too.” He added: “Gary, you will always be by my side in my thoughts but most of all in my heart. The times I have spent with you have been some of the most special in my life. Rest in Peace beloved man – love you always.’