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‘Top Chef’ Star Fatima Ali Dead at 29

‘Top Chef’ Star Fatima Ali Dead at 29
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“Top Chef” alum Fatima Ali has passed away at the age of 29.

On Friday, Fatima’s family confirmed to Pakistani newspaper Dwan that she lost her battle with bone cancer.

Fatima’s friend and “Top Chef’s” Bruce Kalman wrote on Instagram, “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. 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 😘 #fuckcancer #cheffati #topchef #friends #family #itsnotfair.”

Last week, Fatima got a special visit from Bruce and her “Top Chef” family. Adrienne Cheatham, Tyler Anderson, Tanya Holland, Claudette Wilkins, Carrie Baird, Rogelio Garcia, Chris Scott, Tu David Phu, Joe Sasto and Melissa Perfit came together to visit her. Claudette wrote on Instagram, “I wish they were under better circumstances that we were together but when one hurts we all hurt and we rally. @cheffati is loved beyond belief and we will be here for her and each other.”

Earlier this month, Fatima shared her last Instagram post, asking for prayers. She wrote, “I’m sick and unfortunately I’m getting sicker. Right now all I need are prayers; prayers that are simple. I hope, because a wish is putting on too much responsibility on the other, that you will somehow find forgiveness in your big heart for whenever I must have hurt you. I thank you a million times over for when you have given me joy. I’ll try to keep everyone updated the best that I possibly can.”

In October, Fatima revealed that her cancer had returned, noting that she only had “a year to live.”

The following month, Fatima made an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” where she discussed her cancer battle.

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