The body of’s apprentice Kevin Boyle (26) was found in wooded garden near his home in London on Sunday, three months after he had gone missing in October last year.
So far, his death is being treated as "unexplained”, and a post-mortem examination is due to take place in Croydon Wednesday, the Scotland Yard’s spokesman told the media. Meanwhile, it is being speculated Boyle might had committed suicide as he had suffered from depression.
Jamie Oliver, who trained Boyle in the series Jamie's Kitchen in 2002, said he was "deeply saddened" by the news.
"I am proud to have been able to call Kevin a friend for 10 years and he was also a constant supporter of Fifteen and all the apprentices and graduates who came after him through the course."
Ironically, Boyle’s decomposed body was discovered just a day before Oliver was due to make a personal appeal on the ITV, saying: “Kevin's one of life's givers, he's a great lad. If you've seen him please, please get in contact”.
"I last saw him in September 2011 at the graduation ceremony for the ninth group of apprentices and he was on good form which makes this news even harder to take. My thoughts are with his family at this incredibly difficult time", Oliver said.
British media say Boyle was a great talent and had already cooked for members of Royal family and celebrities, including the Prince of Wales, former Prime Minister Tony Blair and Oprah Winfrey.