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Lake District chef dies after collapsing in London Marathon

A Lake District chef has died after taking part in the London Marathon.

29-year-old Matt Campbell, a former MasterChef contestant, collapsed after running 22.5 miles.

He received immediate medical treatment at the scene from doctors, but later died in hospital.

Matt Campbell seen working as a professional chef Credit: Instagram/mattsoire

Matt's family have 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.

He was running the London Marathon for The Brathay Trust in memory of his father, Martin, who died in the summer of 2016.

Matt pictured after finishing the Manchester Marathon Credit: Instagram/mattsoire

Organisers of the London Marathon have expressed their 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 marathon running kit Credit: Instagram/mattsoire

Tributes and donations to Matt's JustGiving page have continued to pour in.

So tragic, I hope that every small donation can help your charity and all its good work can continue. Such a terrible loss."

– HELEN, JUSTGIVING PAGE DONOR

How terrible sad. Rest in Peace, Matt. Sending strength to your family."

– SAM, JUSTGIVING PAGE DONOR

What a terrible shame. RIP x"

– GUY, JUSTGIVING PAGE DONOR
Matt Campbell's Justgiving page Credit: JustGiving

MasterChef paid tribute to Campbell. A spokesperson for the show said:

We are shocked and saddened to hear the news about Matt Campbell, one of our talented contestants from last year.

It was a privilege to have him on the show. He will always be remembered for producing for some of the most innovative and groundbreaking food that we saw on the series.

From the whole MasterChef team, our sincere condolences and thoughts are with his family and friends."

– MASTERCHEF STATEMENT

Tributes are also being paid to Matt on Twitter:

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