London Lite Tuesday, 15 September 2009 11 E Continued from Page 1 Final appearance: Floyd with Keith Allen on last nights show Woman pals desperate bid to save Floyd Cheers: a typical Keith Floyd pose for bowel cancer. He had written at least 25 books and, from the Eighties, presented 23 television series, such as Floyd On Food for the BBC. The programmes showcased his charismatic style and were often shot on location, with Floyd enthusing about his love of foreign cuisine and travel, typically with a glass in hand as he cooked. The four-times divorced chef died at the Dorset home of his friend Celia Martin last night. He had been on good form after downing a cham- pagne cocktail, plus white and red wine at celebrity chef Mark Hixs restaurant to celebrate Ms Martins 65th birthday. He also ate oysters, potted shrimps and partridge at the restaurant in Lyme Regis. Afterwards they went home to watch a Channel 4 documentary about him. In the show, called Keith Meets Keith, actor Keith Allen was filmed meeting up with the chef in France. Floyd told Ms Martin: I have not felt this well for ages. But as they waited for the programme to start, he suffered a heart attack and fell uncon- scious on the sofa. Ms Martin fought in vain to save his life by taking resuscitation instructions from a 999 operator. Paramedics tried for a further 45 minutes to revive him, but Floyd was pronounced dead at the house in Bridport at about 9pm. He had been living in France and recently returned to Britain to undergo chemotherapy for his cancer, diagnosed during the summer. His manager said he had just been given the all-clear. Jamie Oliver led the tributes today, saying: Keith was not just one of the best, he was the best television chef, an incredible man who lived life to the full and was an inspiration to me and to so many others. Gordon Ramsay said: Keith Floyd broke new ground with his pro- grammes and his contribution to television cookery was immense. Floyd was educated at Wellington School in Somerset. He was an Army officer and journalist prior to becom- ing a restaurateur in the early Seventies, opening restaurants in France and Bristol, and later Spain and Thailand. However, the businesses developed financial problems, forcing their sale. He first came to the wider publics attention as a radio chef in Bristol, which led to the BBC offering him a television series of his own. Floyd was declared bankrupt in 1996, reportedly after ordering a round of drinks costing 36,000. Last year he was admitted to inten- sive care after spending a week drinking whisky following the break- down of his fourth marriage. The chef warned in his memoirs: Dont ever go into the restaurant business. It kills marriages, it kills relation- ships, and it kills life. It kills every- thing. And I, the man with four ex-wives, should know. He had most recently been touring the UK with his award-winning one- man show, Floyd Uncorked. H Resuscitation fight: friend Celia Martin index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html