28 November 2019 18:38
Get the biggest celebs stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Gary Rhodes family have spoken out to confirm his cause of death after the TV chef died suddenly at the age of 59 this week. They revealed that the former Masterchef star suffered a fatal bleed on the brain after collapsing at home. The fall came hours after Gary spent a 'happy' day filming for ITV in Dubai. His wife of 30 years Jennie Rhodes was with Gary in his final moments as he died from a subdural hematoma after being rushed to hospital. In a statement they said: "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." (Image: Alan Davidson/REX/Shutterstock) In their initial statement, Gary's wife and adults sons did not mention his cause of death. "The Rhodes family are deeply saddened to announce the passing of beloved husband, father and brother, Gary Rhodes OBE," they wrote on Wednesday. "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." Late on Wednesday, there was speculation that Gary may have died in a freak accident. (Image: Hand out picture) Gary also over came a brush with death at the age of 19 that nearly ended his culinary career before it began. He was hit by a van while working at the Hilton in Amsterdam and underwent eight-hour brain surgery that was described as his "last chance". Doctors also warned him to be very careful about getting another head injury. His mum, Jean, said: "It was a life and death situation and quite honestly, they did not expect him to live." Gary pulled through after a tough six months of rehabilitation and revealed in an interview with the Daily Mail that doctors had warned him to be "very careful" following the accident in August, 1979. The last known picture of Gary was taken four days before his death when he posed with fellow chef Vineet Bhatia, who was working with him on the new TV project. The snap shows Gary looking tired as he posed with an arm around his pal in the kitchen. After news of Gary's death broke, Vineet shared a tribute to his late friend, writing: "Extremely sad to know of Chef Gary Rhodes sudden passing away. "Had known this gem of a man & an amazing chef for years and intact filmed with him just 4 days ago in Dubai for his new TV series. "RIP my friend and may God give strength to Jennie and your boys in these tough times."