Sad news emerged on late Monday night that professional chef and reality TV show competitor, Matt Campbell, has passed away. The “Masterchef” star was only 29 years old at the time of his sudden death.
Campbell gained a lot of notoriety when he competed on “Masterchef: The Professionals” in 2017. According to BBC, the nutritional gastronomy expert decided to run the marathon in honor of his father who had died 18 months prior.
Sadly, a tragic accident took place during the race. While running in the London Marathon, Campbell collapsed at around the 22.5-mile mark. He was immediately rushed to the hospital.
Unfortunately, Campbell died shortly after. After the incident, the marathon organizers released a statement, sending their condolences to his family.
They said, “Everyone involved in the organization of the London Marathon would like to express our sincere condolences to Matt’s family and friends.”
The organization also reportedly directed people to give donations to his favorite charity, The Brathay Trust.
Campbell’s PR consultant, Helen Hokin, said, “He was a lovely, kind-hearted and down-to-earth man. I believe he was poised to become the next great innovator in British food. He was in the middle of a roadshow tour and he had such a way with inspiring young chefs. This is so sad.”
A MasterChef spokeswoman said, “We are shocked and saddened to hear the news about Matt Campbell, one of our talented contestants from last year. It was a privilege to have him on the show. He will always be remembered for producing some of the most innovative and groundbreaking food that we saw on the series.”
Marcus Wareing, the professional judge, spoke out on Twitter as well.
At this point, an official cause of death has not been released.
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