Much loved British chef Gary Rhodes has died aged 59.
The father-of-two, famous for his gelled spiky hair, died in Dubai – where he has lived since 2011 – with his wife Jennie by his side.
A statement from his family said: ‘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.’
Jamie Oliver posted a tribute to Rhodes, posting on Instagram: ‘My heart felt sympathies to his wife , kids, friends and family, sending love and thoughts.
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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 🙏
Gordon Ramsay said: ‘We lost a fantastic chef today in Gary Rhodes. He was a chef who put British Cuisine on the map.
There is no further information at this time.