Sources claim MasterChef Australia judge Jock Zonfrillo was secretly battling bowel cancer for several years before his death.
It was announced, Jock, 46, suddenly passed in the early hours of Monday morning (May 1st).
While no cause of death has been confirmed, it's incredibly sad to hear about the star’s ongoing health struggles.
In a recent interview with Daily Mail Australia, a source close to Jock shared some insight into the chef’s health battle.
It was revealed the TV host had been undergoing treatment since June 2021, after the disease was detected in a colonoscopy a month earlier.
“No one in his circle is aware of what he is going through. Neither colleagues or friends,” the source explained at the time.
“He has not wanted anyone to know as he deals with this tough journey. He is coping poorly with chemo treatment, and the effects it is having.”
He sought treatment at various hospitals across Sydney, Melbourne, and Queensland, but kept his health issues private.
It was also revealed that Jock had previously been treated for bowel cancer with chemotherapy and radiation and had entered remission in 2016.
At this stage, Jock’s official cause of death remains unknown.
Since the ‘MasterChef’ judge’s death, friends, family and fans have shared tributes to the star including fellow judge Andy Allen and close friend Jamie Oliver.
Andy posted a gallery of photos featuring himself and Jock on Instagram, recounting the day they met and how close their families had become.
"When I met you 5 years ago I knew our lives were about to change forever. What I didn't realise is how close Alex and I would become outside of the kitchen with you, Lauren and your kids. You've become such an inspirational and important part of our lives."
"Sure, you've taught me so much about food, but it's the lessons I learnt about what it means to be a great father, husband and friend that I'll take away from our time together and will last forever."
“Jock was very generous to me with his time and spirit in the show and for that, I was really grateful. Melissa, Andy & Jock work as the most inspiring judges and mentors and each has their very own unique view and style.”
“Jock will be so very missed, I can’t believe I’m writing this. Sending heartfelt love and condolences to all of his family, friends and his second family, the ‘MasterChef’ team and contestants xxx. Love Jamie,” he finished.