Gary Rhodes has died at the age of 59.
The TV chef was in Dubai with his wife Jennie at his side at his home when he died on Tuesday evening November 26.
Gary – who was working on the day he died – suddenly fell ill while filming his new TV show before his death, his production company said in a statement.
He was famed for fronting shows MasterChef, MasterChef USA, Hell’s Kitchen and Rhodes Around Britain throughout his career spanning 30 years.
As well as his impressive array of cuisine, the star was recognised for his trademark spiky hairdo.
Gary left behind his devastated family who broke the news of his death.
A statement released by the family read: “The Rhodes family are deeply saddened to announce the passing of beloved husband, father and brother, Gary Rhodes OBE.
“Gary passed away last evening 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.”
It has now been revealed Gary died at home in Dubai on Tuesday.
The telly star got sick during a filming break, according to a spokesperson.
A statement from Rock Oyster Media and Goldfinch TV explained: “Gary was in the middle of filming a wonderful new series with Rock Oyster Media for ITV from his base in Dubai.
“Gary was taken ill very suddenly at home during a break in filming and died a short time afterwards.”
They confirmed production on the show was stopped as soon as Gary fell sick.
The spokesperson added: “Production was obviously halted as soon as Gary was taken ill and members of the Rock Oyster Team remain in Dubai to support the family as best they can.”
Gary’s last picture emerged of him filming a new TV series just four days before his death.
It cleared up the confusion after Jamie Oliver claimed Gary died after a “tragic fall” – before deleting it from his online tribute.
The TV star quickly amended his tribute to the chef on his Instagram page.
He originally wrote: “Sadly Chef Gary Rhodes OBE passed away after a tragic fall. My heart felt sympathies to his wife, kids, friends and family, sending love and thought…
“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.”
He has since changed it to take out the “tragic fall” reference.
The Mirror have approached Jamie Oliver’s representative for further comment.
The TV chef has left behind his wife Jennie as well as their two children Samuel and George.
Earlier this year, the happy married couple celebrated 30 years together. The pair were married in a romantic ceremony in 1989.
Jennie was a prominent pillar of support for Gary while he chased his dreams.
Gary was a devoted father as well as a hard working chef.
Jaideep Bhatia, PR director of the Grosvenor House Dubai, told the PA news agency Mr Rhodes was working “until the day he died”.
He said: “He arrived in Dubai in 2007 and had two restaurants, Rhodes 2010 at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa, and Rhodes W1 at the Grosvenor.
“He was working until the day he died. He was working until Tuesday.”
Mr Bhatia said he was unable to confirm any further details about Mr Rhodes’ death, as everything else had to come “from the family”.
His sibling Chris mourned Gary’s death with a heartfelt message which revealed Gary was not only his brother but his best friend.
The devastated brother shared he treasures the memories with Gary as some of the “most special” moments in his life.
He wrote on Instagram on Wednesday: “I have not only lost a brother but a best friend too.
“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.”
Chris accompanied the post with a happy picture of them both dressed in suits.
Gordon Ramsay and Paul Hollywood were leading the celebrity tributes after Gary’s death.
Gordon wrote: “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.”
Paul wrote: “So sad to hear the news of Gary Rhodes, I was a big fan of his work … my thoughts and prayers are with his family X.”
Nigella Lawson added: “I’m so sad to hear of Gary Rhodes’ death. His poor family. He was such a talent, nothing to do with the showbiz aspect. Remember his food from the Castle Hotel and the Greenhouse so fondly and admiringly.”
Ainsley Harriott penned: “So sad to hear the news about Gary Rhodes. A true culinary icon and a lovely man.
“Sending my love and thoughts to his wife Jennie and their boys. RIP, my friend. xx.”
MasterChef star John Torode praised Gary for being an “advocate of British food” throughout his 30-year career on This Morning.
This Morning viewers were left in tears over the emotional tribute to Gary.
Presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby sent their love to Gary’s family, which includes his two sons, during Wednesday’s show.
John said: “Really sad. A young man, really talented, and he was a great advocate of British food.
“He was the man who said ‘eat British, stop going to France, come and have our produce. He put us on the map’.”
Gary was a leading chef with four of his own restaurants.
In a further blow, Mirror Online can reveal Gary missed his last ever Christmas with his family as he decided to go to work instead.
A picture posted online shows Gary greeting guests at one of his restaurants in Dubai on Christmas Day, 2018.
He had previously admitted he regularly offered to work over Christmas – ignoring his wife’s pleas to stay home.
Two of his restaurants – the House Dubai and Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa – were in Dubai.
A statement from the hotel where he worked in Dubai 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.”
Born in south London in 1960, Gary moved with his family to Dubai in 2011 where he later set up two of his restaurants.
The dad-of-two carved a place for himself in the cooking worlds earning himself a record five Michelin stars.
His first head chef job at the Castle Hotel in Somerset launched his stellar career. It was here where he achieved his first Michelin star at the age of 26.
The chef begun to get the attention of the spotlight when he landed a guest slot on BBC cookery show Hot Chefs.
On the back of his success, he got his own show Rhodes around Britain.
Gary has cooked up a storm for royalty and prime ministers throughout his flourishing career.
In a past interview, he said: “The most famous person I have cooked for, and managed to actually dine with, which is rare, was Diana, Princess of Wales, after the premiere of the film Apollo 13 with Tom Hanks.
“That was at the restaurant Greenhouse, where I was head chef. I can’t even remember what I cooked for them, it was such a very special moment.”
The chef was awarded with an OBE in 2006.
But a near-fatal car accident could have put his early career in jeopardy.
Instead it brought him back fighting and made the famous chef the legend he is today.
Gary nearly died in a car crash when he was hit by a transit van which left him with serious injuries.
The accident happened during his first job as a junior chef at Amsterdam’s Hilton hotel in 1979 when he was earning just £7 an hour.
His career was then in doubt as the accident caused him to lose his sense of smell but fortunately he made a full recovery.
As well as cooking on TV, the star tried his hand at Strictly Come Dancing in 2008 and he was partnered with dancer Karen Hardy in the sixth series.
After Gary was booted out of Strictly, he vowed to continue learning and booked dancing lessons with his wife.
The Strictly hopeful struggled to find his feet on the dance floor and became the third celebrity to be eliminated from the competition that year.
But the biggest controversy came outside the Strictly ballroom as details emerged of what happened behind-the-scenes in the training room.
In a telling interview, Karen let slip she considered quitting the show altogether after being “driven to the edge” by her celebrity partner.
The professional dancer “lost it” with Gary during a heated row where she lost her patience and “let rip” at the TV chef.
Karen told The Daily Mail: “I have a lot of patience, but he drove me to the edge.
“You’re up against the clock to get a dance ready for the following Saturday. The audience want a spectacular performance, and it was hard for Gary to deliver that in such a short time, with all his other commitments – he has a family and a string of restaurants to run.
“After rehearsals, you’ve got to go home and review your steps. You have to hold them in your head.”
With Gary’s enormous fame and success came some low points and his 30-year career was not without some controversy.
The TV star first came under fire for his commercial tie in with Tate & Lyle in the late 1990s.