The eldest daughter of beloved Australian cook Maggie Beer has died “unexpectedly yet peacefully” in her sleep at the age of 46.
Saskia Beer died on Friday night, according to a social media post made by mum Maggie and dad Colin on Instagram and Facebook.
“It is with broken hearts we need to let you all know that our beautiful, extraordinary daughter Saskia died unexpectedly yet peacefully in her sleep,” the statement read.
“We ask for time/space as we grapple to come to terms with our loss and appreciate all the support we have been given. Maggie, Colin and family.”
Saskia followed in the footsteps of her mum by launching Saskia Beer Farm Produce in South Australia’s Barossa Valley in 1997 while still in her 20s.
Her mum, Maggie, has been a regular on reality TV programs including MasterChef and The Great Australian Bake Off, while also leading TV shows of her own.
Thousands expressed their sorrow at the Beer family’s loss on social media after hearing the news.
“I hope you, your family, and those who loved your daughter take some comfort in knowing how much you are all in the thoughts of so many,” one person wrote.
“Cannot believe this – I'm heartbroken as everyone who knew this shy and amazingly kind-hearted woman will be. Maggie, Colin, Elli and families – my sincerest sympathies. I absolutely loved Sas – thinking of you all at this time. Wish we all could offer something more than words,” another said.
“An extremely talented lady an enormous loss for your family and the wider community will mourn her passing. May she RIP and courage and strength to her family and friends,” a third wrote.
The businesswoman and restaurateur is survived by her three children, husband Petar Jercic and sister Elli.
Her catering and meat produce business Saskia Beer Farm Produce – based in Nuriootpa in the Barossa Valley, South Australia – will continue to be run by her husband, according to the statement he shared to the business’ Instagram.
“The business Saskia grew and loved will continue on with me, her loving husband,” he said.
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