• Former ‘Top Chef' contestant Fatima Ali dies

    By: Bob D'Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    Former “Top Chef” contestant Fatima Ali died Friday after a battle with cancer, ETOnline reported. She was 29.

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    Ali, a New York City chef, was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in 2017. This rare type of cancer occurs in the bones or in the soft tissue around the bones. Ali had chemotherapy and surgery in January to remove a tumor from her shoulder bone. However, she was told in September that the cancer had returned and she was given one year to live, ETOnline reported.

    Ali competed on Season 15 of “Top Chef,” finishing seventh in the cooking reality show competition. She was voted fan favorite.

    Chef Bruce Kalman, one of Ali’s friends, announced her death on Instagram on Friday afternoon.

    “It’s with a heavy heart we say goodbye to Fatima Ali today, as she has lost her battle with cancer. I will miss you Fati, and you will be in my heart forever,” Kalman wrote. “I’ll always remember the great times we had, especially our interview during the tailgating episode discussing football, stadiums, and Taylor Swift. Much love, Bruce.”

     

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