British Celebrity TV Chef Gary Rhodes Dies Aged 59

British TV chef Gary Rhodes has died at the age of 59, his family have said.

The celebrity chef was best known for shows like 'MasterChef' and 'Hell's Kitchen'.

The Michelin-starred chef also appeared on 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

His family said he died on Tuesday night.

They said in a statement: "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.

"The family would like to thank everyone for their support and ask for privacy during this time."

Gary Rhodes flipping pancakes at annual charity Parliamentary Pancake Race at Victoria Tower Gardens. Image: Getty

A statement from the hotel where he worked said: "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."

TV chef Jamie Oliver posted on Instagram: "Sadly Chef Gary Rhodes OBE passed away. My heart felt sympathies to his wife , kids, friends and family, sending love and thoughts.

"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."

TV chef Gordon Ramsay tweeted: "We lost a fantastic chef today in Gary Rhodes. He was a chef who put British Cuisine on the map. Sending all the love and prayers to your wife and kids. You'll be missed Gx."

British chef Ansley Harriott also added his condolences on social media.

And Rick Stein shared the following words on twitter: "Very sad to hear about Gary Rhodes. Nostalgic memories for me of the early days of the BBC Good Food Show with his spiky hair, big check trousers but enormous skill, he was the absolute star. He loved British food and influenced many a chef including me. What a loss."