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'MasterChef' finalist Josh Marks, 26, found dead in apparent suicide

  • Kansas City Star
  • Published Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at 12:14 p.m.
  • Updated Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at 12:31 p.m.

Troubled "MasterChef" finalist Josh Marks was found dead of an apparent suicide Friday night in Chicago.

Police told the Chicago Tribune that Marks died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Authorities found a revolver near his body.

Marks had recently revealed that he suffered from bipolar disorder.

His death comes just months after a bizarre incident at the University of Chicago where he punched a campus police officer several times in the face and tried to grab his gun. Three officers couldn’t subdue him with batons and pepper sprays and had to chase him down.

While in custody, Marks went on a rant about how celebrity chef and "MasterChef" judge Gordon Ramsay had possessed him and turned him into God. Police found no evidence that Marks was using drugs at the time.

Marks was runner-up to winner Christine Ha during the third season of the Fox show.

He was in Wichita earlier this year to cook at a fundraiser dinner at Ciao Italian Kitchen, 1720 N. Webb Road.

Months before the July arrest, Marks had released a video for the "Make a Sound Project," a group that helps people struggling with suicidal thoughts.

The Tribune reports that police responded to a call of a body found at 6:45 p.m. Friday in the city’s Longwood Manor neighborhood. They found Marks lying face up on the ground, unresponsive and bleeding from the head. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Graham Elliott, one of three judges on the show, tweeted Friday night: “My heart goes out to the family of #MasterChef finalist Josh Marks, who passed away today. Please send thoughts/prayers their way!”

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