MasterChef UK contestant dies after collapsing in London Marathon

London: A 29-year-old chef who reached the semi-finals of the BBC television show MasterChef: The Professionals has died after collapsing while running in Sunday's London Marathon.

Matt Campbell went down 36 kilometres into the race and was treated by doctors before being rushed to hospital, where he later died, event organisers said on Monday.


Campbell, who two weeks earlier completed the Manchester Marathon in under three hours, was running in memory of his father Martin, who died suddenly two years ago.

He was raising money for Brathay Trust, a charity his father was heavily involved with and has  reached more than 30 times his fundraising target of £2500 since news of his death broke.

According to his fundraising page, he ran his first marathon, the Brathay 2016, after his father entered him into it, and in 2017 again ran the 42-kilometre course in just under 3 hours and 4 minutes.

He received the inaugural Martin Campbell award for fastest local runner, and was invited to run the London Marathon on the charity's behalf.

MasterChef UK released a statement saying Campbell, who competed on the series last year, "will always be remembered for producing some of the most innovative and ground-breaking food that we saw on the series".

London Marathon organisers said he was a well-known chef "inspiring viewers with his Nutritional Gastronomy movement and forward-thinking ideas".

"Everyone involved in the organisation of the London Marathon would like to express our sincere condolences to Matt's family and friends," organisers said in a statement.

"The exact cause of death will be established by later medical examination."

with Reuters.

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