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Saturday 14th December 2019

This Morning viewers in tears as John Torode pays emotional tribute to Gary Rhodes

John called Gary "really talented"

MasterChef's John Torode paid emotional tribute to celebrity chef Gary Rhodes on This Morning, calling him an "amazing talent".

Earlier today (27.11.19), news broke that Gary had passed away at the age of 59 with his wife at his side.

On the latest episode of This Morning, presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby chatted with John - who was on to host a cookery segment - about the late Hell's Kitchen star.

John was on This Morning today (Credit: ITV)

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Phil said: "John Torode is here this morning. It's very sad news."

John replied: "Yeah, really sad. You know, young man. Really, really talented. And he was a great advocate of British food, he was the man who said to everybody, eat British, stop going to France, come and have our produce.

"He was the man who put it on the map. Amazing, absolutely amazing talent, and very, very sad news. Really feel for his family."

John called Gary an "amazing talent" (Credit: ITV)

Holly said: "It's very sad, thank you. Well, from everyone here at This Morning, we're sending all our love and sympathies to Gary's family."

The show's Twitter account shared the news of Gary's passing with followers, who were in tears over the news.

One replied, with a crying-face emoji: "So sad, gone too early."

Another said: "Omg this is so sad, I'm so shocked! RIP Gary, all my wishes and love to his family."

So sad, gone too early.

A third wrote: "Such sad news! Love and thoughts to the family."

"Oh no. Condolences to his family and friends," said a fourth, adding: "Loved watching him on Rhodes Around Britain. RIP Gary."

Gary passed away on Tuesday (26.11.19) with his wife Jennie at his side.

The family said in a statement: "The Rhodes family are deeply saddened to announce the passing of beloved husband, father and brother, Gary Rhodes OBE.

"Gary passed away last evening, Tuesday 26th November 2019, at the age of 59, with his beloved wife Jennie by his side.

Gary was just 59 (Credit: Flynetpictures.com / SplashNews.com)

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"The family would like to thank everyone for their support and ask for privacy during this time."

Chef James Martin was among those to share tributes to Gary on social media, calling him a "hugely influential" figure, while Gordon Ramsay called him a "fantastic chef" who will "be missed".

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