THE devastated family of a popular chef has paid an emotional tribute to their 'MVP' who died after suddenly collapsing at the pub where he worked.
Matt Halford was found unresponsive at The Watering Hole pub, on Perranporth beach, Cornwall, on Saturday.
The famous pub revealed he passed away in a touching statement.
It read: “With iconic legendary places that are larger than life like the watering hole, these places are made by iconic legendary characters & unfortunately we lost our MVP on Saturday.
“We always thought the most feared day would be washing away for us, but how wrong were we.
“We lost the best dad, friend, brother and worker this place will ever see and it's not easy saying this, but we will never find anyone like this again.
“Matt had worked at the watering hole all of his life, with his brothers Lee & Jason & 3 sons who have been there all of their life. Along with their dad Mick aka Mad dog who was a character to say the least.
“He was not just a huge part of the watering hole, he was the watering hole, the life & soul of everything that happened and would do anything for anyone.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Matt's family & friends as we know a lot of people are going to be hurting. The Watering hole family will stick together as that's what he would want.
“We love you mate & can't quite believe what has happened. Perranporth has lost its best man & captain.”
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Matt’s eldest son has now started a JustGiving fundraiser to collect money to finish building the home his dad had started construction on.
The page reads: “Life will never be the same without Dad. He was a huge character who you would hear from a mile away!
“The one person anyone could go to and he would give his all to help and support you; from family and friends to work colleagues, he always just knew the right thing to say.
“I cannot fathom the outpouring of love our family has received and this shows how much my dad meant to so many people and how many lives he touched.
“Although we will have a hole in our hearts forever, he will never ever be forgotten. He has left behind a strong family who will always stick together and make him proud everyday.”
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