1. Maggie Beer’s daughter Saskia, 46, died in her sleep on Friday.
“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 on Friday night,” wrote Australian cook Maggie Beer on Instagram last night.
“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,” she added.
Saskia Beer, the eldest of Maggie’s two daughters leaves behind husband Petar Jercic who she married in April last year, and her three children.
The 46-year-old was also a chef and caterer – she owned a business called Saskia Beer Farm Produce, which her husband says he will continue for her.
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It is with broken hearts we need to let you all know that Saskia, our beautiful, extraordinary daughter, sister, wife and mother died unexpectedly yet peacefully in her sleep on Friday night. The business Saskia grew and loved will continue on with me, her loving husband. We ask for time and space as we grapple to come to terms with our loss and appreciate all the support we have been given.
Fellow celebrity chefs have paid their respects on Maggie’s Instagram.
“Your beautiful, special, darling Sassy-girl … I am just so, so sad for all of you, I loved Sassy so much and hold you all very, very closely in my heart,” wrote Kylie Kwong.
“So terribly sad for your devastating loss Maggie & Colin. From our family to yours our thoughts are with you and we send all our love,” wrote Gary Mehigan.
“So sad. My love and thoughts are with you, Colin and the family,” said fellow former Masterchef host Matt Preston.
2. Nearly $10 million raised in bushfire relief concert.
More than 70,000 people packed out Sydney’s ANZ stadium yesterday for the Fire Fight Australia concert, with Queen reprising their 22-minute Live Aid set from 1985.
The marathon concert, hosted by comedian Celeste Barber who herself raised more than $50 million for bushfire relief, featured 10 hours of musical performances to raise money for communities and emergency services involved in the summer’s catastrophic bushfires.
$9.5 million was raised by the end of the show, with performances including Olivia Newton John, John Farnham, Alice Cooper, Ronan Keating, 5 Seconds of Summer, Amy Shark, Daryl Braithwaite, Delta Goodrem, and Lee Kernaghan.
“I wanted people in Australia to know that we heard you, and that you weren’t alone,” Keating told Seven. “That was really important to me, that I could be here and perform or do whatever just to stand in solidarity.”