Hundreds of tributes have been paid to ChilliBob founder Bob Price, known as Chilli Bob, who died last Thursday after a short illness.
Hundreds of tributes have been paid to a man who turned a small chilli farm into a business that had fans worldwide.
Mr Bob Price, 64, known as Chilli Bob, died last Thursday after a short illness. He launched Chilli Bobs at his home, Orchard Farm, in Rolleston, in 2013, with his son, Neal.
Neal Price announced his father’s death on the Chilli Bobs Facebook page, in which he said: “Unfortunately we have today lost a truly amazing person.
“You all know him as Chilli Bob and to me he was dad. He had a short battle with cancer over the last week and we are sorry to announce that he passed away peacefully with his family by his side.
“ChilliBobs will still be here and we will never forget the one and only ChilliBoba real character always working hard to please everyone.”
Neal said his father had felt unwell only a couple of weeks ago and thought he had gallstones, but when he worsened the family took him to hospital and pancreatic cancer was diagnosed. He died a few days later.
“They say the best ones die young,” Neal said.
Neal said thel East Midlands chilli festival at the family farm in Rolleston in July would still go ahead, which is what his father would have wanted.
“I am still going ahead with the festival. Dad would have liked that,” he said.
“The festival will be bigger and better than ever before and I know as a community of chilli heads we will remember him.”
Bob Price leaves a wife, Mrs Kathy Price, son Neal Price, daughter Tanya Button and grand-daughters Shannon Price and Felicity Button.
Neal said the family had been taken aback by the number of kind comments – more than 480 - posted on the ChiilBob Facebook page, from around the UK and overseas.
“People had a lot of respect for my Dad,” he said. “He was the front man of Chilli Bobs.”