MasterChef: The Professionals Contestant Matt Campbell Dies After Collapsing During London Marathon

The 29-year-old professional chef from the Lake District was running for The Brathay Trust in memory of his father Martin – who passed away suddenly in the summer of 2016 – and Matt had completed the Manchester Marathon earlier this month.

A statement from the organisers confirmed that Matt collapsed at the 22.5-mile mark during the London Marathon yesterday, and although he received immediate medical treatment on the scene from race doctors, he later passed away in hospital.

“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 three hours,” the statement from race sponsor Virgin Money continued.

“Everyone involved in the organisation of the London Marathon would like to express our sincere condolences to Matt’s family and friends. No further details will be released and the family has asked for privacy. The exact cause of death will be established by later medical examination.”

Matt’s chosen charity The Brathay Trust inspires vulnerable young people to make positive changes in their lives – you can donate to his fund here.

Last year, Matt reached the semi-final stage of MasterChef: The Professionals, inspiring viewers with his Nutritional Gastronomy movement and forward-thinking ideas.

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2:56:50 New P.B. 😆 – Amazing day @manchestermarathon perfect conditions, great support. Thank you SO much to everyone who has sponsored me, my dad and @brathaychallenges 🙌 – I felt like running sub 3 was over ambitious particularly with how much has been going on this year so far. I am loving life right now, saying yes to every challenge. Thank you to my friends and family for always supporting me and giving me the confidence to just go for it. 😘 – Running has been amazing for me over the past 2 years, considering I only ran my first marathon 20 months ago, it’s helped me through grief, helped me de-stress, helped me process information after a long day and helped me menu plan! To anybody considering even entering a 5K this year I say go for it. Life happens outdoors. ✌️ – Onto @londonmarathon in 2 weeks time! 👊 – #lifehappensoutdoors #marathon #manchestermarathon #raceday #manchestermarathon2018 #teamcameradude #chefswhorun #feedbelliesnotbins #mattsoire #marathonday #manchestermarathon #nutritionalgastronomy #running #runningchef #asicsgelnimbus #nikerunclub #sponsormeplease #brathay #brathaytrust #lakesistricttrained #🏃‍♂️

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