Well-known Northern Ireland chef Derek Patterson has died suddenly.
Mr Patterson, a leading figure in Northern Ireland's hospitality industry, was found dead on Tuesday afternoon. Aside from his work as a chef, the 53-year-old was the part-owner of the Plough Group of restaurants which includes The Plough Inn, Simply Seafood and The Tannery.
Mr Patterson worked alongside his two brothers, William and Richard, in the family business which had been founded by their parents.
He is survived by his wife Pamela and their four children.
Chief Executive of Hospitality Ulster Colin Neil said that Mr Patterson's death was "awfully sad news".
"Our thoughts and prayers of everyone at Hospitality Ulster and the entire hospitality sector are with his family at this difficult time," he said.
"Derek was a well know and liked member of the Hospitality Industry and will be sadly missed by all."
Police confirmed that they were investigating the sudden death of a man in the St John's Road area of Hillsborough on Tuesday afternoon.
A post mortem examination is due to be carried out to establish the cause of death.
"At this time the death is not being treated as suspicious," a PSNI spokesperson said.