Gary Rhodes family have released a statement confirming his cause of death after he died aged 59.

The TV chef died after he was suddenly taken ill at his Dubai home.

The family have now revealed that the former Masterchef star suffered a fatal bleed on the brain after collapsing at home.

He was known for shows like MasterChef, Ready Steady Cook and Hell's Kitchen and was working on a new TV series when he died, on Tuesday.

He was suddenly taken ill, while at home, during a break in filming, the TV production company said.

His family said he died "with his beloved wife Jennie by his side".

Gary Rhodes in his pop-up restaurant at the Taste of Christmas food and drink festival at ExCeL Centre, London

Grosvenor House Dubai said the Michelin-starred chef, restaurateur and author was working "until the day he died".

In a statement his 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."

Rhodes' death sparked tributes from fellow giants of the cooking world, including Jamie Oliver, Prue Leith, Gordon Ramsay, James Martin and Ainsley Harriott.

Great British Bake Off star Leith said: "Gary was the first rock star of cooking, making it cool for boys to cook."

"Spiky haircut, tight trousers, full of energy. And a great chef," the former Great British Menu judge said.

Oliver initially posted, on Instagram, that Rhodes had died in a "tragic fall" before deleting the message.

He later wrote: "Sadly, chef Gary Rhodes passed away. My heartfelt sympathies to his wife, kids, friends and family, sending love and thoughts.

Gary Rhodes December 1999 New British Classics

"Gary was a fantastic chef and incredible ambassador for British cooking, he was a massive inspiration to me as a young chef.

"He reimagined modern British cuisine with elegance and fun. Rest in peace Chef."

The father-of-two, who went to Dubai in 2007, was known as an ambassador for British cuisine and received Michelin stars.

He appeared on the Great British Menu and took part in Strictly Come Dancing in 2008.

Rock Oyster Media and Goldfinch TV said in a statement to the PA news agency they were "devastated".

"Gary was in the middle of filming a wonderful new series with Rock Oyster Media for ITV from his base in Dubai," they said.

Gary Rhodes doing the Samba

Gary was taken ill very suddenly at home during a break in filming and died a short time afterwards.

"Production was obviously halted as soon as Gary was taken ill and members of the Rock Oyster Team remain in Dubai to support the family as best they can."

The chef's brother Chris Rhodes tweeted that he had "not only lost a brother but a best friend too.

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"Gary you will always be by my side, in my thoughts but most of all in my heart," he wrote.

"The times I have spent with you have been some of the most special of my life. Rest in Peace beloved man - love you always.