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Masterchef star dies after collapsing in Wapping during London Marathon

PUBLISHED: 12:01 23 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:49 24 April 2018

Matt Campbell Picture: Brathay Trust/PA Wire

Matt Campbell Picture: Brathay Trust/PA Wire

A professional chef who appeared on Masterchef has died after collapsing in Wapping while running the London Marathon, organisers have confirmed.

Runners make their way over Tower Bridge during the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon. Picture: Steven Paston/PA WireRunners make their way over Tower Bridge during the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon. Picture: Steven Paston/PA Wire

Matt Campbell, 29, collaped at the 22.5 mile mark - along The Highway on the way back towards Tower Bridge - during yesterday’s race.

In a statement, London Marathon organisers said: “With deep sadness, we confirm the death of a participant in the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon.

“Although he received immediate medical treatment on the scene from race doctors, he died later in hospital.

“Matt was a well-known chef who featured in Masterchef: The Professionals last year, inspiring viewers with his nutritional gastronomy movement and forward-thinking ideas.”

Matt, from the Lake District, was running for youth charity The Brathay Trust and in memory of his father, Martin, who died in the summer of 2016.

The statement continued: “Matt’s family today paid tribute to their inspirational son and brother, who was a keen marathon runner and had earlier this month completed the Manchester Marathon in under three hours.

“Everyone involved in the organisation of the London Marathon would like to express our sincere condolences to Matt’s family and friends.

“No further details will be released and the family has asked for privacy. The exact cause of death will be established by later medical examination.”

A spokeswoman for Masterchef added: “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 for some of the most innovative and groundbreaking food that we saw on the series.

“From the whole team, our sincere condolences and thoughts are with his family and friends.”

Tributes have been left on Matt’s fundraising page, which has exceeded its £2,500 target.

One called him “an inspiration to many” and another said: “You gave it all for a truly noble cause.”

To donate, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/mattcampbell-londonmarathon

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