Gary Rhodes, the British television chef and restaurateur who hosted "Masterchef USA" for two seasons and also appeared on "Hell's Kitchen," died Tuesday, his family confirmed. He was 59.
"In order to end painful speculation surrounding the sudden passing of our beloved Gary Rhodes OBE, the Rhodes family can confirm that after a successful day shooting with Rock Oyster Media for ITV here in Dubai, Gary returned home in a very happy mood for a peaceful evening with his wife Jennie," the statement said. "After dinner, Gary unfortunately collapsed in their residence and was rushed to (the) hospital but unfortunately passed away due to subdural hematoma."
In a joint statement, Rock Oyster Media and Goldfinch said they were "devastated by this tragic news," Variety reported.
Known for his spiky brown hair, Rhodes led the wave of British chefs during the 1990s, cooking for celebrities such as Princess Diana, Tom Hanks and the Manchester United soccer club, according to The New York Times.
Rhodes debuted on television on "Hot Chefs" in the late 1980s, the magazine reported. He hosted "Rhodes Around Britain" in the 1990s, and "Masterchef USA" in 2000 and 2001.
British chef Prue Leith said: "Gary was the first rock star of cooking, making it cool for boys to cook. Spiky haircut, tight trousers, full of energy," the Times reported. "And a great chef."
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