THE family of Gary Rhodes has said that the TV chef died from a subdural hematoma - bleeding in the brain.

Mr Rhodes, an OBE recipient, passed away yesterday (November 26) at the age of 59.

The renowned celebrity chef made his name at Taunton's Castle Hotel.

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In a statement Mr Rhodes' family, said: "In order to end painful speculation surrounding the sudden passing of our beloved Gary Rhodes OBE, the Rhodes family can confirm that after a successful day shooting with Rock Oyster Media for ITV here in Dubai, Gary returned home in a very happy mood for a peaceful evening with his wife Jennie.

"After dinner, Gary unfortunately collapsed in their residence and was rushed to hospital, but unfortunately passed away due to subdural hematoma.

"At this time, there are no other details and the family would again request privacy around this very tragic loss and again thank friends and family for their ongoing support at this time."