Gary Rhodes did not fall in the shower, friend reveals – as new details of final hours emerge

Gary Rhodes collapsed with a 'bleed on the brain' as he got ready for bed after taking a shower and eating a ham sandwich with his wife, a close friend has revealed.

The celebrity chef died a short time later after being taken to Al Zahra Hospital Dubai.

His friend Jaideep Bhatia insisted that reports he had slipped and fallen in the shower and banged his head were false.

Speaking to Mail Online, Mr Bhatia said: "Gary had a terrific day filming his new TV series in one of the most scenic parts of Dubai and was happy and excited as he sat down for a ham sandwich with Jennie.

"He had showered before dinner - and did not fall while doing so - and enjoyed a relaxed meal with his wife.

"He was then preparing for bed when he suddenly collapsed.

"I have been in very close contact with the family at this difficult time and want to end speculation that he fell and hurt himself - he was not injured.

"The collapse was due to natural causes beyond anyone's control and he died later in hospital despite efforts to save him.

"Everyone who knew and loved him is heartbroken. It's so sad."

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File photo dated 02/12/11 of Gary Rhodes in his pop-up restaurant at the Taste of Christmas food and drink festival at ExCeL Centre, London. TV Chef Gary Rhodes, 59, passed away on Tuesday evening, his family have announced.
Prince Charles meets TV chef Gary Rhodes. The Prince of Wales, Patron, The Academy of Culinary Arts, and The Duchess of Cornwall attend a �Chefs Adopt a School� event. TRH watched a cookery demonstration and met chefs and students involved in the programme before attending a reception for supporters, St George�s CE Primary School, South Street, London.
Gary Rhodes arrives at the gala opening night of Varekai by the Cirque Du Soleil at Royal Albert Hall in London.
Chefs Gary Rhodes, left, and Alvin Leung with Miss China runner-up Belinda Duong, on London's Millennium Bridge, to promote Hong Kong Food and Wine Year.
Left to right. Chef judges Heston Blumenthal, Michel Roux Jnr and Gary Rhodes during the final of the Roux Scholarship at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London.
Chef Gary Rhodes at Channel 4 Presents TASTE of London, food festival held in Regent's Park, London.
Chef Gary Rhodes proudly shows off his OBE awarded for services to the hospitality industry in Buckingham Palace, in central London following an Investiture cremony held by the Queen.
Gary Rhodes and designer Kelly Hoppen arrive for the launch of Gary Rhodes new restaurant, 'Rhodes W1 Restaurant', in central London.
Gary Rhodes at the Music Industry Trust Awards 2006 at the Grosvenor House on October 30, 2006 in London. Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes opens his new 250-seat brasserie, Rhodes D7, at the Capel Building, Dublin.
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes opens his new 250-seat brasserie, Rhodes D7, at the Capel Building, Dublin.
Chef Gary Rhodes attending the Pet Shop Boys in concert at the Tower of London, central London.
Gary Rhodes arriving at the TV recording of the 2005 TV Moments show, BBC Television Centre, London. Doug Peters/allactiondigital.com
Celebrity Chef Gary Rhodes launches his new cook book 'Keeping It Simple', at Selfridges, central London, MOnday 12 September 2005. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: Andy Butterton/PA
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes.
Chefs Gary Rhodes and Jean Christophe Novelli at the British Soap Awards 2005, BBC Television Centre, London. Doug Peters/allactiondigital.com
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes poses with one of his dessert creations at Somerset House in central London, during the 'Taste Of London' four-day extravaganza, which opened its doors today to celebrate the best London has to offer in food, drink and entertainment. The event will run until Sunday.
Chef Gary Rhodes, Neil Ruddock and Lord Brockett at a lunch for the I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here contestants at Gary Rhodes restaurant Rhodes Twenty Four, at Tower 42 in the City of London.
Chef Gary Rhodes (far right) hosts a lunch for the I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here contestants (L-R) Jenny Bond and her daughter Emma, Neil 'Razor' Ruddock and his wife Sarah, Diane Modahl, Lord Brockett, Alex Best and Vicente (standing, partner of Diane), at his restaurant Rhodes Twenty Four, at Tower 42 in the City of London.
Chef Gary Rhodes inside the kitchen during the launch of his restaurant Rhodes Twenty Four, located on the 24th floor of the City of London's most impressive and tallest building Tower 42. Rhodes promises to bring back traditional British Cuisine in an outstanding location, with its stunning views across the capital.
Chef Gary Rhodes enjoys a glass of champagne during the launch of his restaurant Rhodes Twenty Four located on the 24th floor of the City of London's most impressive and tallest building Tower 42 on Old Broad Street. Rhodes promises to bring back traditional British Cuisine in an outstanding location, with its stunning views across the capital.
Tv chef Gary Rhodes and family attending the launch of Madonna's book for children "The English Rose".
Chef, Gary Rhodes arrives at the premiere of The Hulk at the Empire cinema in London's Leicester Square.
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes gives a cooking masterclass to children from St Peter's CofE Primary School in Hammersmith, west London on a special 'Cooking Bus' during a photocall to launch 'Focus on Food Week'. * Focus on Food - the UK's leading food education programme for schools, holds the Tastebud Challenge annually, enabling schools around the country to celebrate cooking in their classrooms.
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes at the celebrity screening of the film The Road to El Dorado in central London.
HELLO OUT: Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes and his wife Jenny arriving at the Moet & Chandon London Restaurant Awards, presented by Carlton Television at London's Grosvenor House Hotel.
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