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‘MasterChef’ finalist shot himself to death in South Side alley, authorities say


Joshua Marks

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Updated: November 14, 2013 6:53AM

A troubled Chicago chef who was a finalist last year on TV’s “MasterChef” shot himself to death, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said Saturday.

The body of 26-year-old Joshua Marks was found just after 6:30 p.m. Friday in an alley in the 9700 block of South Peoria on the South Side.

Marks, who lived nearby, had been shot once in the head, and a gun was found near his body, according to police and the medical examiner’s office, which conducted an autopsy Saturday and ruled the death a suicide.

Marks was runner-up to winner Christine Ha in 2012 during the third season of the Fox network reality TV series.

“MasterChef” judge Gordon Ramsay tweeted Saturday: “Just heard the devastating news about Josh Marks. My thoughts are with his family & friends.”

Marks, who stood 7-feet, 2 inches tall, suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, according to news reports. He’d been arrested on the South Side in the early morning hours on July 29 for attacking a police officer and told the police he was possessed by Ramsay, who turned him into God.


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