Masterchef contestant Matt Campbell died yesterday as he was running the London Marathon, he was only 29 years old.
The professional chef from the Lake District collapsed after reaching 22.5 miles yesterday, he was halfway through his 23rd mile when he required serious medical attention.
He was taken to the hospital, but the organisers announced, later on, he had died.
— Matthew Campbell (@mCampbellCHEF) April 22, 2018
Campbell found fame on the popular cooking show after reaching last year’s semi-finals of MasterChef: The Professionals, his Nutritional Gastronomy movement won him the adoration of both the show’s hard-to-impress judges and viewers.
He took part in yesterday’s marathon on behalf of The Brathay Trust, an organisation which sets out to improve the lives of children and young people by inspiring them to engage positively in their communities, as well as the memory of his father Martin who died in 2016.
A keen marathon runner, Campbell had completed the Manchester Marathon earlier this month, clocking in under an impressive three hours. Following his death, his family paid tribute to an ‘inspirational son and brother’.
@georgemlamb & myself are marathon ready! ??✌️
— Matthew Campbell (@mCampbellCHEF) April 21, 2018
An official statement from the London Marathon’s organisers, Virgin Money stated:
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 regarding the nature of his death have been revealed, ‘an exact cause’ will be determined by a medical examination. The press statement adds Campbell’s ‘family has asked for privacy’.
— Matthew Campbell (@mCampbellCHEF) April 10, 2018
Prior to the fateful marathon, Campbell had been training, as well as raising awareness, for the Brathay Trust who his father ‘worked tirelessly’ for from 2008-2016.
On his fundraiser page Campbell wrote about how his father, Martin:
… always spoke to me so passionately about the event and the charity. I really came to appreciate what he was talking about in 2015 when I went along and helped him film one day. The amount of positivity and energy at the event was overwhelming. ‘Ordinary people doing extraordinary things’.
All for the cause to help Brathay with its mission to inspire children and young people to make positive changes that will last a lifetime. Put simply, Martin helped change many lives for the good.
He praised his dad for being the ‘most inspirational man in my life’ who once told him ‘Go on, why don’t you give it a go? I know you can do it!’.
Amazing food & all round hospitality last night with @Ryan_Stamphouse thank you & the team so much for dinner! Not bad company either @Martin_Frickel ? One of my fave Lake District restaurants. #theoldstamphouse @CumbriaLifeMag @TasteCumbriaMag @LakeDistrictPR @lakedistrictico pic.twitter.com/Z56LUqtrko
— Matthew Campbell (@mCampbellCHEF) March 10, 2018
Brathay Trust released a statement today, saying:
We are devastated by the news of the death of Matt Campbell, who was participating in the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon yesterday whilst raising funds for Brathay Trust.
Matt and his family have been tireless in supporting the work of Brathay Trust and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this terrible time.
The London Marathon is one of the most gruelling long distance races in the world. Prior to yesterday’s tragedy, between 2008 and 2016 only four people have died during the 26.2-mile race across the city. Campbell became the thirteenth person to die in the marathon’s 34-year history.
UNILAD would like to send our prayers and deepest condolences to the family and friends of Matt Campbell.
You can honour Matt’s memory by donating money to his JustGiving page, all proceeds will towards the Brathay Trust.
If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677.