29 year old Masterchef star dies after collapsing at the London Marathon

23rd Apr 18 | News

29 year old Masterchef star Matt Campbell has died after he collapsed during the London Marathon yesterday.

The professional chef from the Lake District received immediate medical treatment on the scene from race doctors when he collapsed around the 22.5 mile mark.

A statement from the race organisers said:

"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.

He was running for The Brathay Trust and in memory of his father, Martin, who died in the summer of 2016.

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.

Matt’s chosen charity, The Brathay Trust, inspires vulnerable young people to make positive changes in their lives: his fundraising page is here

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

Matt fell ill during the hottest marathon on record where temperatures reached almost 25C. He shared a photo with fellow chef Tom Peters just 10 minutes before the race started.