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Masterchef host Ross Burden dies after cancer treatment

Celebrity Kiwi chef Ross Burden has died unexpectedly from an infection picked up following treatment for cancer.

Ross Burden Source: TVNZ

An obituary in the New Zealand Herald says "after a life of adventure, Ross died peacefully at Auckland City Hospital on 17 July 2014".

The New Zealand Masterchef host and self-taught cook worked for several well-known clients, including Princess Anne and comedian Joan Collins.

The 45-year-old was diagnosed with a form of leukemia a year ago.

He has been described as "a wonderful person" and "funny, charming and brilliant" on memorial page set up on the website Heaven Address.

"You lit up a room when you walked in; you sparkled your way through life and it has been such a pleasure to know you," one tribute says.

Another post reads: "What a huge loss for the world. I'll miss our lunches and fabulous chats, your wicked sense of humour, optimism and massive intellect."

A celebration of his life will be held at Maclaurin Chapel, Auckland University, 18 Princes St, Auckland on Wednesday at 11am.

A service will be held in Napier at a later time.

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