MasterChef Australia judge Jock Zonfrillo dies aged 46
'MasterChef Australia' judge Jock Zonfrillo has died at the age of 46.
The family of the TV star - who served as a judge on the show alongside Andy Allen and Melissa Leong - have confirmed that Zonfrillo passed away in Melbourne on Sunday (30.04.23).
The family said in a statement: "With completely shattered hearts and without knowing how we can possibly move through life without him, we are devastated to share that Jock passed away yesterday.
"So many words can describe him, so many stories can be told, but at this time we're too overwhelmed to put them into words.
"For those who crossed his path, became his mate, or were lucky enough to be his family, keep this proud Scot in your hearts when you have your next whisky.
"We implore you to please let us grieve privately as we find a way to navigate through this, and find space on the other side to celebrate our irreplaceable husband, father, brother, son and friend."
Jamie Oliver, who is starring as a guest judge on 'MasterChef', subsequently took to social media to pay tribute to Zonfrillo.
Jamie, 47, said on Instagram: "I'm in total shock to wake up to the sudden death of chef Jock Zonfrillo. We had the best time working together for this year's MasterChef. I can't tell how good it was to work with him.
"Jock was very generous to me with his time and spirit in the show and for that I was really grateful."
Zonfrillo is survived by his third wife, Lauren Fried, and his four children. Jamie concluded his Instagram post by passing on his condolences to the family members and his 'MasterChef' colleagues.
He wrote: "I can't believe I'm writing this. Sending heartfelt love and condolences to all of his family, friends and his second family, the MasterChef team and contestants."
No cause of death has yet been given.