TV CHEF Gary Rhodes died from bleeding between the skull and the brain, a statement from his family has revealed.
They said they wanted to end ‘painful speculation’ about the star’s death, aged 59, in Dubai.
Rhodes was working on a new TV series when he died yesterday, and had returned home after filming in a ‘happy mood’.
He collapsed at home and was rushed to hospital.
The family said in a statement: ‘In order to end painful speculation surrounding the sudden passing of our beloved Gary Rhodes, 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.’
Rhodes died from bleeding between the skull and the brain, usually caused by a head injury.
The spiky-haired TV chef was known to millions for shows such as MasterChef, Ready Steady Cook and Hell’s Kitchen, and for putting British cuisine ‘on the world stage’.
Rhodes’ death sparked tributes from fellow giants of the cooking world, including Jamie Oliver, Prue Leith, Gordon Ramsay, James Martin and Ainsley Harriott.