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Australian TV chef Matt Golinski has been told his wife and three daughters died in a Christmas fire and is "processing his grief" as he continues to recover in hospital.

Golinski's partner Rachel, and their three girls Starlia, 13, and 12-year-old twins Sage and Willow, perished in the Boxing Day blaze at the family's home in Queensland.

The 39-year-old TV chef, who appears on popular series Ready Steady Cook, suffered burns to more than 40 per cent of his body and has been undergoing specialist treatment at the Royal Brisbane Hospital.

His father Keith reveals his son is now able to communicate and is aware of the deaths of his loved ones.

Keith Golinski says, "Thankfully we did not have to go into any major detail about what had happened and were simply able to confirm his understanding of the outcome of the fire.

"Obviously Matt is still processing his grief as well as slowly piecing together the events of the past two and a bit months."

He also reveals the TV star has been undergoing sessions with a counsellor to help him deal with the loss, adding, "Matt is expected to remain in hospital for some time, but thankfully he is gaining physical strength every day. He is able to walk small distances from his hospital bed and has commenced physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, pain management and counselling. We have been told that he will require ongoing rehabilitation for some time."


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