Bill Granger's cause of death revealed after shock passing at 54

The culinary icon sadly passed away on December 25.

Bill Granger’s cause of death has been revealed following his shock passing at the age of 54 on Christmas Day.

The legendary Aussie chef and father-of-three is believed to have died from cancer after being diagnosed with the disease several months ago, according to Nine newspapers.

Bill Granger.
Bill Granger passed away at the age of 54 on Christmas Day. Photo: Getty

Bill’s family shared a statement on social media earlier this week announcing with “great sadness” that he had sadly passed away on December 25.

“A dedicated husband and father, Bill died peacefully in hospital with his wife Natalie Elliott and three daughters, Edie, Inès and Bunny, at his bedside in their adopted home of London,” the post read.

“He will be deeply missed by all, with his loss most profoundly felt by his adored family, who are grateful for all the love and support that has been given.”


The self-taught cook and owner of Bills was known as the 'King of Breakfast' and had a career spanning over 30 years with 19 restaurants across Sydney, London, Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka and Seoul.

He penned 14 cookbooks, made five TV series, and was honoured with the Medal of the Order of Australia in January 2023.

Bill opened his first restaurant in Darlinghurst in Sydney in 1993 and became well-known for his breakfast dishes — particularly his scrambled eggs. His restaurant franchise Bills went international in 2008.

Jamie Oliver leads celebrity tributes

Fellow celebrities and culinary icons took to social media following news of Bill’s passing to pay tribute to their late friend, including UK chef Jamie Oliver.

“This is devastating news, I’m so sad to hear this, what a guy he was,” he commented. “A wonderful human, kind calm soul… I admired everything he represented in food. I remember the first time I met him many moons ago he couldn’t have been nicer and his food so good. Sending so much love to all his family. Rest in peace, Bill, he will be sorely missed.”

“I’m heartbroken to hear this. So cruel. Deepest love to N, E, I and B,” Nigella Lawson shared, followed by former MasterChef judge Matt Preston who described Bill as “a genuinely lovely bloke and an inspiration”.

“Together he (with Natalie by his side) helped shape the image of modern Australian food around the world,” he added. “My thoughts are with his family, friends and all those he worked with at this sad time.”

Hugh Jackman also took to his Instagram Stories to pay tribute to Bill, signing off with his ex-wife Deborra-Lee Furness.

“We are devastated to hear the news of Bill's passing. His talent, his joie de vivre, the way he brought people together, and his commitment to family were inspiring,” the post read. “We will miss his friendship most of all. Our love goes out to Natalie and their three incredible daughters Edie, Ines and Bunny. Rest in peace, Deb & Hugh.”

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