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Former Glade, Greenbrier Chef Robert Wong Dies of Heart Attack in Charleston

CHARLESTON -

A well-known chef has died.

Chef Robert Wong, owner of the Bridge Road Bistro in Charleston, died suddenly on Tuesday afternoon. Friends of the family said he was playing tennis at the Charleston Tennis Club right before he collapsed during a game.

He was immediately taken to CAMC General Hospital.

Wong is originally from San Francisco, California. He began his culinary career in an apprentice program at The Greenbrier Resort. Wong's work was also featured at Glade Springs, Snowshoe Mountain and in Morgantown at his restaurant, The Boathouse Bistro.

He and his wife, Sherri, opened Bridge Road Bistro in the South Hills area of Charleston in 2004.

Wong was an active member of the Christ Church United Methodist in Charleston, according to family friends. He was involved in a number of community outreach programs, including "Breaking Bread" which helped to provide meals to those in need.

Reverend Randy Flanagan was with the Wong family on Tuesday evening, according to his daughter, Catherine Flanagan.

Robert Wong was 50 years old. He's survived by his wife, Sherri, and their two sons, Joe and Jeff.

The Bridge Road Bistro placed the following statement on its Facebook page Tuesday night.

"We are very saddened today with the loss of our Exceptional Leader, Husband, Father, Friend, Leader and our Owner-Chef Robert Wong. Our hearts are so heavy. Please keep the Love of his Life- Sherri Wong, and his Pride & Joy sons-Joe & Jeffrey, along with our Bridge Road Bistro family in your prayers. We love you Chef Robert Wong. God Bless."

Funeral arrangements are pending.