Fox “MasterChef” Season 3 runner-up Joshua Marks was found dead in Chicago on Friday night, Chicago police spokesman John Mirabelli told TheWrap on Saturday. Marks was 26-years-old.
Marks’ body was found in an alley on Chicago’s south side with a gunshot wound to the head. Upon completing an autopsy on Marks’ body, the city medical examiner told TheWrap it had ruled the death a suicide.
According to CNN, Marks has admitted to suffering from bipolar disorder. Three months ago, the chef was arrested following a clash with several Chicago police officers. He told police he had been possessed by “MasterChef” judge Gordon Ramsay, who turned him into God.
Ramsay expressed his condolences on Twitter on Saturday.
Just heard the devastating news about Josh Marks. My thoughts are with his family & friends at this tragic time.
– Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) October 12, 2013
Fox issued the following statement on behalf of the “MasterChef” family:
“All of us at ‘MasterChef,’ Shine America, One Potato, Two Potato and Fox are incredibly saddened by the news of Josh Marks’ passing. He was a wonderful person and an incredible talent. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”
On the Fox culinary competition’s third season, Marks came in second place to winner Christine Ha.