Fatima Ali, ‘Top Chef’ fan favorite, is dead at 29

Ali passed away after a prolonged battle against cancer file

Ali passed away after a prolonged battle against cancer file

Her fellow "Top Chef" contestants posted tributes to Ali on Friday. We're eternally grateful for the love - from strangers on the street, all her doctors and nurses who did their best, the chefs and hospitality friends who are now our extended family and the big wigs that reached out to see how they can make Fati's dreams a reality.

Last spring, she told her fans and followers that she was cancer-free, but in September, it came back with a vengeance and doctors told her she had one year to live. Her depiction on the show took to Top Chef fans quickly, and she was voted fan favorite of her season by a large margin.

The New York City chef underwent chemotherapy and surgery in January 2018 to remove a tumor from her shoulder bone, with "Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi by her side.

After the cancer had returned, it was diagnosed as terminal, given just a year to live, but it became clear that she might not have that long. The caption featured details of Ali's final hours, as well as details on the impact she left on her loved ones. I will miss you Fati, and you will be in my heart forever. "Right now all I need are prayers; prayers that are simple".

"People not only fell in love with her cooking, but fell in love with her personality and heart", the statement read. "When that choice is yanked away from us, that's when we scramble to feel".

'I thank you a million times over for when you have given me joy.

DeGeneres gave her $50,000 to achieve that dream.

"I know it's been ages since I posted and most may have figured out why", she wrote alongside a picture of her looking quite frail, further indicating that Ewing's Sarcoma is slowly overtaking her body.

Eater reports that Fatima Ali was born in Karachi, Pakistan.

"I wish they were under better circumstances that we were together but when one hurts we all hurt and we rally", Wilkins wrote.

She reiterated her plans on Ellen, explaining she would travel the world and taste all sorts of different foods.

Shortly after her death, Fatima's family issued a heartfelt statement on social media.

Lakshmi gushed to ET about her friendship with Ali a year ago, raving that the chef is "an extraordinary young woman, she's very courageous, she's very amusing".

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