Gary Rhodes' family sadly announces he's passed away

So sad...

TV chef Gary Rhodes' family have sadly announces the TV chef has passed away.

The sad news was shared by family in a statement sent to The Independent, revealing that the TV chef died on Tuesday in Dubai.

'The Rhodes family are deeply saddened to announce the passing of beloved husband, father and brother, Gary Rhodes OBE', the statement reads.

'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.'

The chef lived in Dubai since 2011, but the cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

With over 20 cookery books published, Gary ran two restaurants in Dubai - Rhodes W1 at Grosvenor House Dubai and Rhodes Twenty10 at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort.

Both hotels released a joint statement, which read, '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.' Gary was also rewarded with an OBE for his services to the hospitality industry in 2006.

Among the celeb chefs paying tribute to him is Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown, who tweeted, 'So so sad to hear about Gary Rhodes. His banana and syrup loaf was the first thing I baked all on my own. The pages are stuck together with syrup 💔 So much love to his family #garyrhodes'.

Gordon Ramsay also wrote on social media, '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.'