A close friend of Gary Rhodes - who died in Dubai earlier this week - has revealed the haunting final words the celebrity chef said to him.

explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. Vineet shared that he was with Gary just last week filming in Dubai, and confirmed that the Michelin-starred chef was fit and healthy. British chef Vineet Bhatia was in Dubai with Gary four days before he died, where they were filming for a new upcoming TV series. "He had a wicked sense of humour but his standards and work ethic were second to none. MORE: Gary Rhodes' close friend reveals the cause of his sudden death.

Gary Rhodes told a friend "life couldn't be better" before his sudden tragic death.. "He was working until the day he died. British chef Vineet Bhatia was in Dubai with Gary four days before he died, where they were filming for a new upcoming TV series. 'Gary wasn't one of those chefs who put his name above a restaurant door in Dubai and then went off elsewhere. I saw the bruises Sean left on his wife's face: Close friend of Connery's first wife Diane Cilento reveals a... Passionate, disconnected, practical or over-involved - what's YOUR sex personality? He was such a lovely man. "I haven't had a chance to speak to his wife or family yet, but I will try my best and am sending my condolences. I will love you always. Vineet added: "He was very happy and enjoying the successes of his business and looking forward to expanding. The Camberwell-born chef, who fronted several TV shows including Rhodes Across India, MasterChef, MasterChef USA, Hell's Kitchen, and Rhodes Around Britain, was one of Britain's best-loved chefs and I am known for his mastery cooking and his spiky hair. Like this story? Mr Bhatia, who was a close friend and head of PR at Dubai's Grosvenor Hotel where Gary had his famous W1 Restaurant' said his family had declared that both his Dubai restaurants would continue and flourish. Gary was taken ill very suddenly at home during a break in filming and died a short time afterwards. Jamie had originally written: "Sadly Chef Gary Rhodes OBE passed away after a tragic fall. He continued: "I remember him telling me last week 'life couldn't be better.' We and our partners use cookies on this site to improve our service, perform analytics, personalize advertising, measure advertising performance, and remember website preferences. David Nottage, managing director of Rock Oyster, said Rhodes' death was the "most unimaginably shocking and heartbreaking news". Activate HELLO! Harriott told the PA news agency that Rhodes "was the first to make cookery the new rock 'n roll and will always remain a true icon for all of us". We have lost a great man, a great chef. My heart felt sympathies to his wife, kids, friends and family, sending love and thought…. The menu included prawn satay sticks, beef cheek cottage pie and 'Manchester tarts' as dessert. "And I remember him telling me last week, 'life couldn't be better'. The father-of-two, who went to Dubai in 2007, was known as an ambassador for British cuisine and received Michelin stars. Gary, who died from a bleed on the brain aged 59 in Dubai last month, was cremated at Kensal Rise in his favourite clothes at a private service. "He reimagined modern British cuisine with elegance and fun.