Jamie Oliver’s heartbreak as two close friends die in a week
Jamie Oliver has been struck by double tragedy as two good friends have died within a week of each other.
The TV chef and campaigner announced last week the passing of Neals Yard Dairy cheesemaker Mary Holbrook, who was 81.
Jamie posted to Instagram his fond recollections of filming a segment for one of his shows with her in France.
Now Jamie has had more bad news with the loss of his friend John Hamilton, art director for publishers Penguin Random House, at the age of just 55.
Jamie said "I love this man… John Hamilton…he sadly passed away this weekend, he was such a legend and has been my Art director at Penguin Books for 21 years.
"What a sad sad loss, he was a great true friend to me and one of the country’s very best art directors who dedicated so much to bringing on new design talent and photographers to the fray.
"I send my heartfelt love and condolences to all his team, colleagues that loved him so much, and especially his wonderful family."
Penguin Random House’s chief executive Tom Weldon echoed Jamie’s sentiment, writing. “John established very close relationships with authors from William Boyd to Dawn French to Antony Beevor.
“He loved cookery books and perhaps his most important partnership was with Jamie Oliver. He art directed every one of Jamie’s books and they forged over 20 years a highly creative professional collaboration as well as a deep friendship.
“The two of them had wrapped up the design for Jamie’s new book only last Thursday evening."
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