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“MasterChef” star Ross Burden passes away

Celebrity chef Ross Burden (pictured), one of the stars of reality TV shows MasterChef and Ready Steady Cook, has died from cancer at the age of 45.
July 28, 2014

Celebrity chef Ross Burden (pictured), one of the stars of reality TV shows MasterChef and Ready Steady Cook, has died at the age of 45.

The British TV personality, who had become a household name in the UK after reaching the MasterChef finals as an amateur chef in 1993, was diagnosed with leukemia last year and had contracted an infection after receiving a recent bone marrow transplant.

Despite not winning the competition, New Zealand native Burden made several appearances on the show and returned to his home country last year to be a judge on that nation’s local MasterChef imprint. Burden also spent a decade as a regular on Ready Steady Cook, and published several books with co-star Ainsley Harriott.

His sister Kirsten Hughes told The New Zealand Herald that her brother’s death was sudden and unexpected.

“Right up until probably a week-and-a-half ago, he was making his next lot of plans. He had the world map out,” Hughes told the paper, also noting that he was just one paper away from completing his Masters degree on Maori studies at Auckland University.

Burden died on July 17.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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