Top Chef Alum Is Dead at 29

Fatima Ali had a rare form of bone cancer
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2019 5:00 PM CST

(Newser) – A fan favorite from Top Chef has died at age 29 of a rare form of bone cancer. Fatima Ali told the world in October in a poignant essay that she had less than a year to live because her Ewing's Sarcoma had returned. It was particularly devastating because Ali had been "technically cancer-free" just a few months earlier, following surgery. Ali appeared on Season 15 of the popular Bravo show, and while she didn't win, she was voted "fan favorite" that season, reports People.

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“We are deeply saddened to share the news that Fatima Ali has lost her courageous battle with cancer," said a Bravo statement, per USA Today. "Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this time." Ali left her native Pakistan at 18 to become a student at the Culinary Institute of America in New York and hoped to open her own restaurant someday. Two weeks ago, she posted a health update on Instagram, asking for prayers. "I thank you a million times over for when you have given me joy," she told her fans. (Read more Top Chef stories.)

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