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Chef Gary Rhodes has passed away in Dubai, where he ran two restaurants - Rhodes W1 and Rhodes Twenty10.

According to a family statement, the restaurateur and TV chef died on Tuesday 26 November, aged 59, with his wife Jennie by his side. It read, 'The Rhodes family are deeply saddened to announce the passing of beloved husband, father and brother, Gary Rhodes OBE. The family would like to thank everyone for their support and ask for privacy during this time.'

According to TV company Rock Oyster Media, Rhodes had been filming a new ITV series when he was 'taken ill very suddenly at home'.

In a statement, Grosvenor House Dubai, which housed Rhodes W1, said, 'The team are devastated to hear of the tragic passing of Chef Gary Rhodes OBE.

'Not only has the industry lost a true culinary legend, we have also lost an inspirational human being and a very dear friend.

'No words can express our sadness at Gary's death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rhodes family.'

Rhodes trained at Thanet Technical College and his first professional job was at the Amsterdam Hilton, where he began to experiment with nouvelle cuisine.

He opened his first restaurant in 1997 and was made an OBE in 2006.

Rhodes TV work included appearances on MasterChef, Hell's Kitchen, and his own series, 'Rhodes Around Britain'.

(source: BBC)