Former Masterchef contestant, 29, dies after collapsing during the London Marathon

Former Masterchef contestant, 29, dies after collapsing during the London Marathon

Campbell was running the race in honour of his father, who died 18 months ago.

His exact cause of death will be determined in a medical examination, according to a statement from the organizers of the London Marathon.

MasterChef paid tribute to Campbell.

A London Marathon spokesman said: 'With deep sadness, we confirm the death of a participant in the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon.

He fell ill during the hottest marathon on record where temperatures reached nearly 25C.

Restaurant critic Grace Dent added that Mr Campbell was "brilliant, clever, funny" and "incredibly talented".

Campbell reached the semi-finals of the 2017 series of MasterChef: The Professionals, where judge Marcus Wareing described his plate of cod cheeks, spirulina, kale and kombucha as the "best" signature dish he had ever eaten in the show.

The professional chef was raising money for The Brathay Trust - as of Monday morning he had £2,664 donated via his JustGiving page, although the number skyrocketed to over £7,000 after the tragic news broke.

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 3 hours. It was a privilege to have him on the show.

The London Marathon has released a statement regarding the shock death of Matt Campbell, a chef, during Sunday's event.

Donations quickly soared after the professional chef's death was announced, with thousands more pounds pledged. It was maybe the proudest day of my life standing at the finish line having achieved something I never imagined possible with my Dad & my Brother by my side. After finishing second in the BBC's 2009 Young Chef of the Year competition, Campbell began working in Michelin-starred restaurants and was now working in private villas and "award-winning luxury" ski chalets in the French Alps according to his website.

Campbell wrote on the MasterChef Facebook page on Saturday: "Myself and Tom Peters after meeting in the final 12 of MasterChef have chose to run London Marathon together, I'm running for @brathayevents and Tom is running for @asthmauk".

Following his successful stint on MasterChef: The Professionals in 2017, he embarked on a United Kingdom roadshow this year - with dates in London, Manchester, Bristol and Leeds.

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