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Gay MasterChef star Ross Burden dies

Gay MasterChef star Ross Burden dies

LAST UPDATED // Tuesday, 29 July 2014 16:59 Written by // Sabine Brix

MasterChef star and former host of Ready Steady Cook Ross Burden has died after complications which arose from treatment he was receiving for leukaemia.

The 45-year-old New Zealand-born chef first rose to prominence in the U.K. after becoming a finalist on the 1993 season of MasterChef. He later became a household name hosting Ready Steady Cook alongside Ainsley Harriott.

Burden was once declared the UK's most eligible bachelor and "the tastiest man in Britain." He declared he was gay soon after.

He returned to New Zealand in 2010 to host MasterChef and was completing a Masters in Maori Studies at Auckland University.

His sister Kirsten Hughes told the New Zealand Herald Burden was diagnosed with a form of leukaemia in 2013 however died unexpectedly after contracting an infection during a bone marrow transplant.

"Right up until probably a week-and-a-half ago, he was making his next lot of plans. He had the world map out," she said.

He is survived by his sister, mother and extended family.



Sabine Brix

Sabine Brix

Sabine Brix is the digital editor for Gay News Network.

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