"Top Chef" winner Fatima Ali died of cancer on Friday after fighting the disease twice. She was 29.
The competing chef, who had been very vocal about her dwindling health on Instagram, yielded to Ewing sarcoma, confirmed the family to Bravo.
"We're deeply concerned about sharing the news that Fatima Ali has lost her brave fight with cancer," said Side Six in a statement on Friday. "Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this time. People did not fall in love with their cooking but fell in love with her personality and heart. We hope that the beautiful memories shared with her will give comfort to everyone who knew and loved her. "
Last week, her colleagues restored Bravo participants to support her.
"It's hard to explain the bonds that happen together in our time," castmate Claudette Wilkins wrote at the time. "I want them [sic] under better circumstances that we were together, but when you hurt we all hurt and we gather. @Cheffati is loved beyond belief and we will be here for her and each other."
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"I know it has been ages since I submitted, and most may have figured out why. I'm sick and unfortunately I get sick," wrote Ali. "Right now, all I need is prayers; prayers that are simple. I hope, because a desire puts too much responsibility on the other, that you will somehow find forgiveness in your big heart because every time I have to I have hurt you a million times when you have given me pleasure. I will try to keep everyone updated the best I can possibly. "
She originally wrote a heartfelt essay for Bon Appetit in the fall, explained that her cancer had returned after turning it off.
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