A month after Food Network star Carl Ruiz passed away in his sleep at the age of 44, more details have been released.
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TMZ reports Ruiz died of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, which is a build-up of fats, cholesterol, and other substances in and on the artery walls. As a result, blood flow is restricted.
According to the Maryland Department of Health, Ruiz’s death was natural.
His family confirmed his death last month, tweeting, “Our family mourns the loss of Carl Ruiz. He was all about great times, great food and great friends. Please remember his laugh and his wit. He made everyone feel special. He is loved and will be deeply missed.”
After his death, Guy Fieri tweeted, “I’m heartbroken that my friend chef Carl Ruiz is gone. I have no words to describe what a great friend he was to me and my family. His ability to make me laugh and smile under any circumstances was only outshined by his talent as a chef.”
On the day of the funeral, Guy wore a “#Ruizing” tee, writing on Instagram, “Today I say goodbye to one of the greatest friends and chefs I ever knew. He lived life to the fullest, and loved it all. We will miss you Carl.”
Anthony Rodriguez, director of photography for “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” who also attended the funeral, added, “I’m sitting here in the airport and Carl I just can not believe you’re gone. I can’t believe I’m flying to your funeral. It just doesn’t make sense. I’m sure wherever you are you’d be saying: “Yo, YOOOOO, Cuz, what the f— are you sad for man, you have everything & you’re alive bro, BRO, have a hot dog & relax. But I’m sad & miss you. Here’s hoping wherever you are, you’re #Ruizing. Love you forever Hermano.”
Ruiz’s death came just months after he opened his new restaurant La Cubana in the Chelsea neighborhood of NYC.