Fred Sirieix has come out of the jungle with some heartbreaking news (Photo: (ITV/Shutterstock)

While Fred Sirieix was overjoyed to be reunited with his loved ones after his time in the jungle, he also left camp with some sad news.

The First Dates star has now paid tribute to a friend, who died while his phone and contact with his family were cut off during I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! 2023.

Fred – who was the third campmate eliminated after Frankie Dettori and then Nella Rose – said he feels “very sad” to hear of Russell Norman’s death.

Norman – a BBC star and award-winning restaurateur – died on November 23 in hospital, with his wife and three children by his side.

The 57-year-old cook was best known for starting the Polpl restaurant chain, as well as the spin-offs Spuntino and Polpetto.

In his sweet tribute, Fred, 51, wrote on X, formerly Twitter: 'Just learned of the sudden passing of Russell Norman. This is so sad.

The TV star was the third campmate eliminated from I'm A Celeb 2023 (Photo: ITV/Shutterstock)

'Such a lovely man and a restaurant genius like no other.

“He made it look easy and cool to open and run a restaurant.”

Fred signed off: 'My thoughts go out to his family. Rest in peace Russell x'

When Norman's death was announced, a statement was issued by Richard Beatty.

It said: 'It is with the greatest sadness that I announce the loss of my best friend Russell Norman.

'After a short battle in hospital, he died surrounded by family and friends.

“Russell is survived by his wife and three children, and I ask that you respect the privacy of his family, friends and colleagues at this time.”

Russel Norman

Russell Norman died on November 23 at age 57 (Photo: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
He died in hospital, with his wife and three children by his side (Photo: Richard Young/REX/Shutterstock)

Norman died shortly after releasing his fourth cookbook.

He rose to prominence in 2012 when he won an award for his first book and became influential on the London food scene, inventing the concept of small plates and repopularizing the Negroni.

People like restaurant critic Jay Rayner also paid tribute when he died, describing him as “one of the most talented restaurateurs”.

This year's I'm A Celeb cast has it all They returned to their lives of luxury after three weeks down there, with just each other and a bunch of bugs for company.

During his time at camp, Fred made quite an impression, and not always for the right reasons.

Fred Sirieix and Fruit Cake

Fred's partner and future wife, Fruitcake, was waiting for him on the bridge (Photo: James Gourley/ITV/Shutterstock)

It all started when he clashed with Nigel Farage about his political views, specifically Brexit, which had viewers calling for him to win.

However, Fred later butted heads with YouTuber Nella over a misunderstanding over a joke he made about being “old enough to be her father” due to Nella's parents being dead.

Their fight erupted, with Nella even warning Fred to keep his distance and refusing to eat his food.

Fortunately, the two reconciled and the atmosphere at the camp became light again, but that didn't stop Fred from getting into conflict with someone else.

This Morning's Josie Gibson appeared to be next on his hit list as he frequently offered her advice when she took on the role of camp chef – which she didn't want.

Fred Sirieix

Fred had his fair share of controversial moments at camp (Photo: James Gourley/ITV/Shutterstock)
The First Dates star received complaints from viewers after clashing with eventual winner Sam Thompson (Photo: ITV/Shutterstock)
His turbulent relationship with Nella Rose has been well documented (Photo: ITV/Shutterstock)

After leaving the jungle, Fred even found himself embroiled in Ofcom row.

Fred has already made it clear that he wanted to stand up to the Bushtucker trial – which he successfully did alongside JLS star Marvin Humes.

Coming to the decision of who would take part was anything but democratic, as the TV foodie had some strong words for the eventual King of the Jungle, Sam Thompson, which did not sit well with viewers.

Making his opinion clear and insisting that he must go, Fred told Sam: 'Don't worry, I'll go. You will play with your toys and we will do man things.

Some of the other celebrities disagreed with how the decision was made, with the likes of EastEnders actress Danielle Harold calling it 'unfair' and eventual runner-up Tony Bellow asking people to 'relax'.

Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom confirmed to Metro.co.uk who received 60 complaints about the December 5th episode.

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