Gordon Ramsay's brother sells big issue in Plymouth
THIS is the troubled brother of multi-millionaire chef Gordon Ramsay – selling copies of the Big Issue outside a Plymouth department store.
Homeless Ronnie Ramsay, 41, has battled heroin addiction for years and was jailed for ten months in 2007 while in Indonesia after he was caught with the drug.
He was later released from a prison in Bali and is now back in Britain, living on the streets and raising money selling the Big Issue.
Ronnie was spotted recently outside Marks and Spencer in Plymouth – but none of his customers realised he was Gordon's brother.
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He was spotted selling copies of the £1.50 magazine while wearing waterproof clothes in the rain.
Ronnie said: "I'm down on my luck and haven't had any contact with Gordon or my mum for a while. They have wiped their hands of me and this is all I can do to get by.
"Things have gone bad for me since I was in Indonesia. I've been back in Britain for ages but the family won't talk to me."
In February 2007 Ronnie was caught with 100 milligrams of heroin outside a supermarket in the Balinese resort of Kuta and fined £260 and jailed for ten months. He appealed to his brother for £6,000 for a top lawyer to help him escape the charges, but Gordon Ramsay refused. At the time Ronnie said: "All it is to him is the price of a wheel off one of his Ferraris."
Speaking in his autobiography, Humble Pie, the chef revealed he had previously paid for his younger brother to attend rehab five times. He wrote: "It's the one thing I feel I've failed at. I find it hard knowing that there's nothing I can do to help"
After he was jailed Gordon also revealed his heroin addict brother threatened to kill him and his children in an effort to get cash. He said: "Of course Ronnie wanted money. He's tried everything. Death threats. Calls at midnight from various horrible people saying they know what time my kids leave school. Things like that, which you just shouldn't have to have in your life.
"I've changed my numbers, got extra security in the house with CCTV everywhere, but I'm not giving in. I'm not living like that anymore."
Gordon Ramsay began supporting his brother years ago and confessed that he even bought him heroin to get him through their father's funeral in 1997.