Gary Rhodes died of head injury, after dinner with his wife.
CELEB chef Gary Rhodes collapsed at home from a fatal brain bleed after dinner with his wife and telling a pal that “life couldn’t be better”.
The spiky-haired chef, who was best know for shows such as Rhodes Around Britain, Masterchef and Hell’s Kitchen, suffered a subdural hematoma, usually associated with a brain injury, his family said.
He was surrounded by family when he died, aged 59, in Dubai on Tuesday night.
The dad-of-two, who moved to the UAE in 2007, was working on the day he died and his death is said to have come as a complete shock.
His family said in a statement: “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.
“After dinner, Gary unfortunately collapsed in their residence and was rushed to hospital but unfortunately passed away due to subdural hematoma.
“At this time, there are no other details and the family would again request privacy around this very tragic loss and again, thank friends and family for their ongoing support at this time.”
There was speculation among catering workers in Dubai, where he was staying at the Grosvenor House Hotel, that he may have slipped in the shower and banged his head.
Fellow chef Vineet Bhatia, who was filming with Gary Rhodes last week in Dubai, said Rhodes was fit and healthy and his last words to him were “life couldn’t be better”.
Mr Bhatia, who owns restaurants in London’s Chelsea and Dubai, told the Daily Mail: “I have been told by friends in Dubai that he slipped and banged his head and was then taken to hospital.
“I wish I could have been there for him. He was such a lovely man. So friendly and enjoying his life.”
He added: “I remember him telling me last week ‘life couldn’t be better’. He was very fit and healthy and this is such a great shock.
“He was very happy and enjoying the successes of his business and looking forward to expanding. We have lost a great man a great chef.”
Pal and fellow chef Jamie Oliver said Rhodes died after a “tragic fall” before deleting the online post.
He added: “My heartfelt 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.”