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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 September 2018

Former Masterchef contestant dies in London Marathon

Matt Campbell collapsed 22.5 miles into the 26 mile race

Runners pass Buckingham Palace during the London Marathon on April 22, 2018. Andrew Boyers / Reuters
Runners pass Buckingham Palace during the London Marathon on April 22, 2018. Andrew Boyers / Reuters

A 29-year-old chef who collapsed while running in Sunday's London Marathon has died in hospital, event organisers said on Monday.

Matt Campbell went down 22.5 miles into the race and was treated by doctors before being rushed to hospital.

Mr Campbell, who completed the Manchester Marathon this month in under three hours, was running in memory of his father Martin who died two years ago.

He was also raising money for the UK youth charity Brathay Trust.

"Everyone involved in the organisation of the London Marathon would like to express our sincere condolences to Matt's family and friends," race organisers said in a statement. "The exact cause of death will be established by later medical examination."

Mr Campbell last year reached the semi-finals of the BBC television show "Masterchef: The Professionals".

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