'He came home happy and then collapsed': Rhodes family reveal cause of death
Gary Rhodes died in hospital from a bleed on the brain after collapsing in his home, his family have confirmed.
The 59-year-old died yesterday after falling ill during a break in filming on a new cookery series he was working on in Dubai.
His family have now put out a written statement, which they say is intended to “end painful speculation” surrounding his sudden death.
The statement says: “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 haematoma.
“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.”
A subdural haematoma is described on the NHS website as a “serious condition where blood collects between the skull and the surface of the brain” and is “usually caused by a head injury”.
It’s a very similar type of bleed to that which killed actress Natasha Richardson following a ski accident in 2009, according to PA.
Several chefs who had filmed with Rhodes over recent days have shared their shock over his sudden death.
Chef Vineet Bhatia shared a photo showing Rhodes with his arm around his shoulder during filming in his restaurant Indya in Dubai just four days ago.
Saying he had been a friend of his for years, he offered strength to Rhodes’ wife and children “during these tough times”.
Chef duo Nick and Scott, who also run an eatery in Dubai, shared a snap from their kitchen last week, with Rhodes standing between the two.
On the news of his death, they re-shared the photo in black and white, calling the chef “an absolute, legend, icon, inspiration and gentleman”.
They went on to say what an honour it had been to finally work with Rhodes, saying they were “humbled by his support over the past decade”.
Rhodes, who had worked as a chef in restaurants around the world, was one of the first big TV chefs, starring in programmes including Rhodes Around Britain and MasterChef.
Despite being trained in French cuisine, Rhodes made his name though championing English cookery, bringing traditional British recipes to the world of fine dining.
He went on to open restaurants in both the UK and overseas, and published 18 cookery books during the course of his career.
It’s understood that a van accident in Amsterdam early on in his career left him in a coma, and initially affected his sense of smell.
At the time of his death, Rhodes was running restaurants at two hotels in Dubai, where he moved in 2011 with his wife Jennie and two sons, Samuel and George.
George shared photos of himself with his father calling him “the most loving, caring man who pushed himself and others around him to be the best they could possibly could be”.
Rhodes brother Chris tweeted that he’d “not only lost a brother but a best friend too”.
Since news of his sudden passing, tributes have poured in from well-known chefs around the world, including Rick Stein, Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver.
Former Ready Steady Cook presenter Ainsley Harriott tweeted: “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.”