There have been huge losses from the worlds of TV, film, music and fashion over the last 12 months.
The family said they hoped speaking out would help end "painful speculation" surrounding the celebrity chef's death.
It Takes Two host Zoe Ball took a moment to remember the late celebrity chef on Wednesday night.
It has also been revealed the chef was taken ill "very suddenly" in Dubai.
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes has died at the age of 59. His family confirmed the news, saying he died with his wife by his side in Dubai, where he ran two restaurants. In addition to his career as a chef and restaurateur, Gary was well-known for his appearances on TV, including MasterChef, Hell's Kitchen as well as Strictly Come Dancing.
Tributes have been flooding in for the celebrity chef and former Strictly Come Dancing star after his death in Dubai.
As well as shows like Hell's Kitchen and Masterchef, Gary also appeared on Strictly Come Dancing.