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Friday 13th December 2019

Gary Rhodes' son shared picture of them smiling together hours before his death announced

TV chef died on Tuesday

Gary Rhodes' son George shared a beautiful picture on social media apparently hours before his dad's death was announced.

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.

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Michelin-starred chef Gary, 59, died seemingly suddenly in Dubai yesterday.

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

In a statement released this morning, his family said: "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.

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

A cause of death has not yet been revealed however there are reports that it happened very suddenly, with friend and fellow chef Jamie Oliver suggesting he suffered a fall.

Tributes have poured in from celebrities and chefs who worked with him over the years.

Alongside a smiling image of the chef, Jamie wrote: "Gary was a fantastic chef and incredible ambassador for British cooking, he was a massive inspiration to me as a young chef."

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Sadly Chef Gary Rhodes OBE passed away. My heart felt sympathies to his wife , kids, friends and family, sending love and thoughts ..... Gary was a fantastic chef and incredible ambassador for British cooking, he was a massive inspiration to me as a young chef. He reimagined modern British cuisine with elegance and fun. rest in peace Chef 🙏

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Gordon Ramsay sent love and prayers to his family.

James Martin hailed him a gent and a genius.

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Hugely influential in my life and the life of the British food scene. Gent and genius...RIP Gary, I can’t believe you’re gone

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Simon Rimmer said Gary had offered him some great advice throughout his career.

Ainsley Harriott said he'd made cookery the new rock'n'roll.

Read more: Tragic details of Gary Rhodes' 'sudden' death emerging

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