The brother of Gary Rhodes has paid an emotional tribute to the late TV chef on social media and said he will "always be by [his] side".
Chris took to Twitter to share a snap of the two of them at a wedding and told followers he had lost a "best friend" as well as a brother.
News broke earlier today (27.11.19) that celebrity chef Gary, who appeared on shows including MasterChef and Hell's Kitchen, had passed away at the age of 59.
On Twitter, Chris uploaded a photo of the two of them, Gary's arm draped across his shoulders, and wrote: "I have not only lost a brother but a best friend too.
"Gary you will always be by my side, in my thoughts but most of all in my heart.
"The times I have spent with you have been some of the most special of my life. Rest in Peace beloved man - love you always."
I have not only lost a brother but a best friend too.
Fans rushed to offer their condolences, with one telling Chris: "So Sorry for your loss, Chris. Thinking of you and the family at this sad time. May Gary rest in peace, God bless."
Another said: "Beautiful photo. Hold on to the happy memories. RIP Gary, a true legend."
A third wrote: "Condolences to you and your family. Such very sad news."
Earlier today, it emerged that Gary's son had shared a beautiful picture of him and his dad just hours before his death on Tuesday.
In the photo, posted to Instagram, the pair are dressed smartly in suits and smiling as Gary rests his hand on his adult son's shoulder.
He captioned the image simply with a blue heart.
Tributes came pouring in for Gary on Wednesday, after the family shared a statement confirming his death.
James Martin shared his condolences on Twitter, hailing his friend a genius and a gent.
And Gordon Ramsay praised him for putting British cuisine on the map, tweeting: "We lost a fantastic chef today in Gary Rhodes. He was a chef who put British Cuisine on the map. Sending all the love and prayers to your wife and kids. You'll be missed."
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