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Jamie Oliver inundated with support as he shares news of heartbreaking death

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Jamie Oliver was in a sombre mood on Thursday as the celebrity chef mourned the loss of chef Alastair Little, who had inspired Jamie with his own cooking.DISCOVER: Jamie Oliver's fun heatwave hack is totally genius - and perfect for summer drinksAlastair, who has been dubbed the 'Godfather of modern British cooking' rose to fame in the 1980s when he opened his self-named restaurant in Soho.

The establishment was famed for its simplicity, serving soup, salad, fish, meat and puddings, with the menu usually changing throughout the day based on the supply of ingredients.WATCH: Jamie Oliver sparks debate over video with his sonsIn 2017, he moved to Sydney with his family, and he passed away at the age of 72 on Tuesday.MORE: Jamie Oliver's son River sparks comments in adorable new video at family homeSEE: Jamie Oliver's wife Jools shares intimate glimpse inside summer holiday - and fans reactIn a tribute to the chef, Jamie shared two black-and-white photos of Alastair, including one where he held up a large flatfish, and wrote: "Rest in Peace Alastair Little."A wonderful chef who inspired me greatly as a young chef, he was just brilliant!

Much love to his family. Jamie xxx."A post shared by Jamie Oliver (@jamieoliver)Jamie paid tribute to AlastairThe star's post was immediately flooded with messages of condolences, as one said: "Oh my I can't believe it.

Such a wonderful, talented chef. RIP Alistair."MORE: Jamie Oliver's wife Jools shares stunning new family photo – but fans are dividedINSIDE: Jools Oliver shares sneak peek of £6m home makeover - and just wowA second added: "So sad to hear the news," while a third shared: "Condolences to his wife & children."Many others shared crying face and prayer emojis in the comments.

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