The Independent has reported that Ross Burden, the TV chef who appeared on Ready Steady Cook and MasterChef, passed away after contracting Legionnaires’ disease because of an infected water supply at the hospital he was receiving care from.
He was being treated for leukaemia but, according to a coroner’s report published by the Sunday Star Times in New Zealand and quoted by The Mirror, he breathed in Legionella bacteria that had cultivated in the hot water system at Auckland Hospital.
Jude Harwood, Burden’s mother and a former nurse, indicated he had been on the road to recovery following a successful bone marrow transplant for his leukaemia.
He was diagnosed with standard pneumonia and given a nebuliser. But friends who visited him at his bedside noticed it was being filled up with tap water, rather than sterile water.
Harwood said she had written to the hospital on Friday to lodge a formal complaint.
A spokesperson from the hospital was quoted by The Mirror as saying: “We regret that this patient contracted this infection while in our care and have extended an invitation to meet with them to discuss this.
“The board was reviewing the clinical care it provided but it would not be appropriate to comment further while the case was before the coroner.”
The celebrity chef, who was born in New Zealand and became a household name in the UK after reaching the final of the BBC cooking series in 1993, passed away on 17 July after suffering from cancer.