TV chef Jenny Morris' husband dies of Covid-19

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  • TV chef Jenny Morris' husband, David, died of Covid-19 complications on Tuesday at the age of 69.
  • Jenny and David tested positive for Covid-19 in June and had been hospitalised.
  • Together the couple published half a dozen cookbooks and opened CooksPlayground in 1997.


Celebrity chef Jenny Morris' husband, David, died of Covid-19 complications on Tuesday. He was 69. 

Together the couple published half a dozen sought-after recipe books, opened two restaurants, and started a cooking school and catering company in 1997 - CooksPlayground, situated in Green Point's Cape Quarter in Cape Town.

With her decades-long career in the cooking industry, Jenny appeared on several TV and radio shows. She's written newspaper and magazine columns, and in 2011 she became the first South African with a cooking show on Discovery Inc.'s Food Network (DStv 175) broadcast globally as she continued doing presentations as a regular food festival fixture.

In June, the beloved TV chef and her longtime husband both tested positive for Covid-19. 

Last week Jenny Morris who also appears frequently on Expresso on SABC3 and who is known as "The Giggling Gourmet", said that she and her husband are both in the Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital after testing positive for Covid-19.

"We have been hospitalised. I'm in Covid ward at Christiaan Barnard hospital with the best doctors. My husband in ICU. He needs oxygen. Thank you for your prayers for our recovery," Jenny wrote on Instagram on 30 June.

A few days later, she said: "David is still under the caring hands of the doctors. Heart is a little better... kidney a little better and infection markers are a little better. My heart is singing. I shall pray all night long no matter how small the better is, I'm praying for every single little bit of better."

On Wednesday, she broke the news that David had died. "It is with great sadness that the Morris family announces the passing of David Phillip Henry Morris at the age of 69," the family said in a statement.

"David passed away on Tuesday evening due to Covid-19 complications. He was a husband, brother, uncle, father, mentor and role model. He will be sorely missed by his family and close friends. David's family requests privacy during the time of mourning."

Earlier this month, Jenny Morris warned the public about the dangers of Covid-19, saying: "The third wave is upon us! Remember, your actions have a direct impact on those around you. Mask up, disinfect, and maintain social distance protocols. Covid does not discriminate!"

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