Gary Rhodes' family has confirmed the celebrity chef dead from a head injury.

The news of his passing was announced by the Rhodes family on Wednesday but "painful speculation" has forced the them into releasing another statement.

Gary tragically died in Dubai at the age of 59 with his wife, Jennie, by his side as the result of a subdural hematoma - a bleed on the brain .

The latest statement read: "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.

Gary's family said he passed away 'unexpectedly'

"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."

Tributes poured in yesterday for the talented chef who earned five Michelin stars during his career and was awarded an OBE in 2006.

Jamie Oliver described the father-of-two as "a fantastic chef and "incredible ambassador for British cooking" whilst James Martin also added that he was a "gent and genius".

Gary appeared on Strictly in 2008

Ainsley Harriott also said that he was "a true culinary icon and a lovely man."

Gary appeared on popular  BBC  cookery programme Masterchef as well as Hell's Kitchen and he also fronted his own shows including Rhodes Around Britain and Rhodes Across China.

The celebrity chef also became well recognised for his trademark spikey hair do and an appearance on Strictly Come Dancing in 2008.