Legendary TV chef Michel Roux dies, aged 79

Iconic French TV chef Michel Roux has sadly died, aged 79.

Michel, who was hailed as one of the greatest chefs in the world, opened his world-famous restaurant La Gavroche in 1982 - it was one of the first to recieve the coveted three Michelin stars. 

He passed away on Wednesday night surrounded by his family at home in the UK after battling a long-standing lung condition, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

.In a statement, Michel's son Alain and his daughters Francine and Christine said: "It is with deep sadness that the Roux family announces the passing of our beloved grandfather, father, brother and uncle, Michel Roux OBE.

"The family would like to thank everyone for their support during his illness. While many of you will share our great sense of loss, we request privacy for the family at this difficult time.

They went on: "We are grateful to have shared our lives with this extraordinary man and we’re so proud of all he’s achieved.

"A humble genius, legendary chef, popular author and charismatic teacher, Michel leaves the world reeling in his wake.

"For many, he was a father figure inspiring all with his insatiable appetite for life and irresistible enthusiasm. But above all, we will miss his mischievous sense of fun, his huge, bottomless heart and generosity and kindness that knew no bounds.

"Michel's star will shine forever lighting the way for a generation of chefs to follow."

Michel leaves behind his son Alain, daughters Francine and Christine. and brother Albert, along with his nephew, chef, Michel Roux Jr.

He had been widowed in 2017 when his second wife Robyn Joyce died at the age of 66.

Michel had described Robyn as his "inspiration and support" throughout their 35-year marriage.

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