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Tributes paid to MasterChef 'sMatt Campbell who died on London Marathon

Matt Campbell
Matt Campbell

By Laura Harding

MasterChef has paid tribute to a former star of the BBC show who died after taking part in the London Marathon.

Matt Campbell (29) who completed the Manchester Marathon in under three hours just earlier this month, was a semi-finalist in MasterChef: The Professionals in 2017.

He died after collapsing while running in Sunday's London Marathon, the hottest ever. His exact cause of death is yet to be established.

A spokeswoman for MasterChef said: "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 some of the most innovative and ground-breaking food that we saw on the series."

Mr Campbell (above) collapsed at the 22.5 mile mark of the London Marathon, which he was running for The Brathay Trust, to improve the life chances of children, young people and families, and in memory of his father.

The Brathay Trust said in a statement: "Matt and his family have been tireless in supporting the work of Brathay Trust and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this terrible time."

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