A beloved MasterChef contestant has passed away. The sad news broke on Tuesday that MasterChef: The Professionals star Andrew Fairlie has died from cancer, according to the Mirror.
This was the end of a long battle for the chef, who was first diagnosed with cancer in 2005. Doctors found that he had a brain tumor.
After years of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery, the chef finally gave up the good fight. He was forced to retire from cooking last year.
His father, Jim Fairlie, said that his son died surrounded by his loved ones. He was 54 years old at the time of his passing.
"It is with enormous sadness and grief that Kay and I announce the death of our beloved son Andrew," he tweeted.
"His wife Kate and his family have kept vigil with him for some weeks. He slipped away quietly this morning but his many achievements & memory will live on."
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon paid tribute to the Scottish chef, tweeting, "I’m so sorry to hear that Andrew Fairlie has died.
"My deepest condolences to his family. Andrew is gone far too soon, but his achievements will always be remembered and his legacy will inspire the next generation of world class chefs. It was a privilege to know him."
His fellow chefs also took to Twitter to mourn him.
The Brain Tumour Charity also shared their sorrow at his passing. They tweeted they are "deeply saddened" by the news.
"Our thoughts are with his partner Kate, his family and friends, and with the many people who were inspired by his celebrated career," Sarah Lindsell, chief executive of The Brain Tumour Charity, told Mirror Online.
“His loss is a fierce reminder of why we must move further and faster every day in the battle against brain tumours, so that other families do not have to endure this kind of heartbreak in the future.
She added, “We are committed to fighting for all those people whose lives are turned upside down by this devastating disease.”
Things began to go downhill for Andrew in June 2018. Doctors told him that due to swelling around his brain tumor, treatment was no longer possible. The swelling also caused him to be less mobile.
“It had got to the point that I would have to go public as my left arm is now useless and my left leg has become increasingly difficult to move. It was clear that it was no longer safe for me to be in the kitchen," said Fairlie.
He was forced to Stef down as chef at the restaurant he founded, Gleneagles, which is the only two Michelin-starred restaurant in Scotland. He said that was the hardest part.
"Giving up my restaurant kitchen was the hardest part," he told The Times. "The fact that I'll never be back, never have that buzz and atmosphere of the kitchen again, was very emotional."
Please join us in praying for Fairlie's family. This is a terrible loss for all those who had the pleasure of meeting him.