After a two-year struggle with the brain disease Multiple System Atrophy, celebrity chef Kerry Simon has died at age 60.
The news was confirmed by Simon's friend, entertainment reporter Robin Leach, who wrote in the Las Vegas Sun that the Iron Chef star died early Friday morning in the presence of Tibetan monks at Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"We will always remember Kerry fondly," Leach wrote. "He was a gentle man who will be missed greatly. He was still young and handsome at 60 years of age."
Leach also tweeted, "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, partners, and closest friends as they seek strength from his amazing courage in brutal two-year fight."
Our thoughts & prayers are with his family, partners and closest friends as they seek strength from his amazing courage in brutal2 yr fight— Robin Leach (@Robin_Leach) September 11, 2015
He then added, "Thank you for all your messages about Kerry Simon's passing. Yes he will be missed greatly. but he's got more customers than ever to now feed in Heaven."
Thanku for all your msgs re Kerry Simon's passing Yes he will be missed greatly but he's got more customers than ever to now feed in heaven— Robin Leach (@Robin_Leach) September 11, 2015
The "rock and roll chef," who had restaurants throughout Las Vegas, was remembered fondly by the Palms Casino Resort, who wrote that, "His passion, his creativity and his spirit made an indelible mark on our property and the entire Las Vegas culinary scene that will not soon be matched."
Simon had been confined to a wheelchair, and unable to speak due to his incurable disease. He is survived by his girlfriend, Erin, and three brothers.