Celebrity chef Antonio Carluccio has passed away at 80

Celebrity chef and entrepreneur Antonio Carluccio has died. He was 80.

His death was announced on Carluccio's website, Twitter, and by his agent on Wednesday. The cause was not immediately revealed.

Carluccio, who was born and raised in Italy, had restaurants in England, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates bearing his name. His many Carluccio's restaurants helped popularize inexpensive Italian food.

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Restaurants bearing Carluccio's name can be found across England, Turkey and the U.A.E.  (Google Street View)

He also appeared in several television shows and wrote 22 cookbooks.

The restaurant chain said in a statement: "Antonio built Carluccio's from one restaurant to the fantastic brand it is today. It isn't just Antonio's name above our doors, but his heart and soul lives and breathes throughout our restaurants."

Carluccio was honored by both the Italian and British governments for his work.