Renowned chef Floyd Cardoz has died from the pandemic novel coronavirus on Wednesday, March 25, in New York at the age of 59. He was the owner of two popular Mumbai-based restaurant, the Bombay Canteen and O Pedro. A few days back, the company that runs the restaurants, The Hunger Inc released a statement in which they confirmed that Floyd has tested positive for COVID-19 in New York. Also Read - '5 Fresh Coronavirus Cases in 24 Hours,' Says Arvind Kejriwal; Total COVID-19 Cases in Delhi Rise to 35

The statement reads, “As a precautionary measure we have informed the Health Department in Mumbai about the same. We are also reaching out personally to people who have interacted with him during his visit to India, so they can take necessary medical advice should they indicate any symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath)and or (put themselves in) self-quarantine.” Also Read - Kartik Aaryan Turns His Coronavirus Monologue Into a Rap And It is Breaking The Internet | Watch

Several celebrities took to social media to express their grief. Actor Rahul Bhose tweeted: “Shocked to hear the passing away of @floydcardoz. Apart from enjoying sterling meals at his various restaurants in New York & Bombay, he was a wonderful man – always warm, gracious and funny. Any pandemic always gets more ominous when you know those who have succumbed. RIP Floyd.” Also Read - Don’t Treat Coronavirus on Your Own, Cooperate With Health Professionals: Top 10 Quotes of PM Modi

Actor Tisca Chopra wrote: “So sad. RIP Floyd.”

Actor Sophie Choudry finds Floyd’s Demise as a “huge loss to the culinary world”.

Chef Kunal Kapur, who is also known for judging “Masterchef India”, too mourned the demise of Floyd. “It is sad to share that chef floyd Cardozo. @floydcardoz is no more. He has been an inspiration to many and I was hoping to cook with him some day.Falling to #covid19 just goes to show that this threat is very real so everyone please take care of yourselves. RIP cheffie. #corona,” Kapur wrote.

Paying condolences to Floyd’s family, television anchor duo Rocky and Mayur, popularly known for their show “Highway On My Plate, wrote: “Rest in Peace Chef @floydcardoz. We are very saddened to hear of the passing away of the super Chef. Our condolences to his family and to @ChefTZac along with the team. @bombaycanteen..@OPedroMumbai.This culinary genius will be missed!”