Young Chef Dies During Hottest London Marathon

Matt Campbell, 29, collapsed 4 miles from the finish
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 23, 2018 7:00 AM CDT
Runners get underway at the London Marathon, passing a video screen showing Britain's Queen Elizabeth II pressing a button in Windsor Castle that started the race.   (Adam Davy/PA via AP)

(Newser) – London Marathon organizers say a 29-year-old man died after collapsing near the end of Sunday's race in the hottest conditions ever seen for the event. Matt Campbell, a chef from northwest England who was a contestant on a reality TV cooking show last year, collapsed after 22.5 miles, or 4 miles from the finish. Organizers say he received prompt medical attention from race doctors but died in the hospital later. Campbell last year appeared on the BBC's Masterchef: The Professionals. A medical examination is still required to discover the cause of death, per the AP. The Met Office said temperatures reached 75.3 degrees, making it the hottest marathon day on record, reports the BBC. (Read more London Marathon stories.)

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