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Heartbroken wife pays tribute as MasterChef star husband dies aged just 37

The chef was once mentored by Gordon Ramsay

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A one-time star of Masterchef has died at the tender age of 37.

Alex Thain, who was once mentored by Gordon Ramsay, died on August 24 due to an undetected heart condition.

His wife Claire is devastated by his sudden death and has admitted she is still trying to come to terms with it.

“I’m numb at the moment,” she told the Daily Record.

“Alex was our world and we were his.

“He was a dedicated chef and he took great pleasure in taking young chefs under his wing and teaching them.

“Because of this, I believe his legacy will live on in the catering industry.”

Alex appeared in series 8 of Masterchef: The Professionals in 2015 (credit: BBC)

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In 2005, Alex won a scholarship to work with Gordon Ramsay and ten years later appeared on the BBC’s Masterchef: The Professionals.

Along the way, he had worked at some of Scotland’s most successful restaurants, including Cameron House on the banks of Loch Lomond, Ramsay’s Amaryllis restaurant and Andy Murray’s Cromlix House.

Alex leaves behind wife Claire and children Joshua, 15, Jacob, 12, Olivia, 10, and Lucy, eight.

Alex’s cooking skills were judge by Gregg Wallace, Monica Galetti and Marcus Wareing (Credit: BBC)

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“He has left a gaping hole in the catering world and with us – although we believe he is here in spirit and is looking over us,” Claire touchingly said.

“We’re just trying to come to terms with the whole thing. He had a medical problem with his heart and we didn’t really know until it was too late.”

More than 250 mourners attended Alex’s funeral service at the town’s St Monica’s Church on Friday.

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