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'Broken Hearted': Maggie Beer's Daughter Saskia Dies 'Unexpectedly' Aged 46

Celebrity chef Maggie Beer has opened up about her family's heartbreak following her daughter Saskia passed away "unexpectedly yet peacefully" in her sleep on Friday.

Confirming the sad news over Instagram on Friday night, Maggie wrote:

It is with broken hearts we need to let you all know that our beautiful, extraordinary daughter Saskia died unexpectedly yet peacefully in her sleep on Friday night.

“We ask for time/space as we grapple to come to terms with our loss and appreciate all the support we have been given. Maggie, Colin and family.”

Fellow chefs, family, fans and friends were quick to send messages of support to Maggie, with 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here' winner Miguel Maestre writing, "O my dear @maggie_beer I’m sooo sorry for your loss ♥️♥️♥️♥️ Lots of love for Colin and the familia".

Fellow chef Lylie Kwong added: "Your beautiful, special, darling Sassy-girl ... I am just so, so sad for all of you, I loved Sassy so much and hold you all very, very closely in my heart XXX"

Saskia's husband, Petar Jercic, whom she married on April 21 last year, shared a similar heartbreaking message, writing:

"Our beautiful, extraordinary daughter, sister, wife, and mother died unexpectedly yet peacefully in her sleep on Friday night," it read. "The business Saskia grew and loved will continue on with me, her loving husband. We ask for time/space as we grapple to come to terms with our loss and appreciate all the support we have been given."

Saskia was the eldest of Maggie's children and is survived by her three children.

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