'Top Chef' contestant Fatima Ali passes away from cancer at age 29

Carla Harmon
January 26, 2019

Bravo released in a statement, "We are deeply saddened to share the news that Fatima Ali has lost her courageous battle with cancer".

Ali's death came a week after she reunited with other members of the Top Chef Season 15 cast.

Chef Fatima Ali, who competed on Season 15 of Bravo's Top Chef, has died at the age of 29 following a battle with cancer.

However, sadly, last October, the Pakistan native confirmed her cancer had returned in her left hip and femur bone, where she revealed her oncologist told she had one year to live, "with or without the new chemotherapy regimen".

Such a loss to the world. Alongside a snapshot of herself in the hospital, the celebrity chef told her followers, "Right now all I need are prayers; prayers that are simple".

In 2017, Fatima was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a bone cancer.

"In fact, you may not even get to see your 30th birthday", Ali wrote. "I will miss you Fati, and you will be in my heart forever", he wrote in part.

"I know it's been ages since I posted and most may have figured out why".

Bruce Kalman, one of her castmates on last year's Colorado-based installment of the Bravo cooking competition, on which she was voted "Fan Favorite", sent a heartfelt message to Ali on Friday morning. Her friends from Top Chef had started a GoFundMe page to help her fulfil her wishes. 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.

Scott subsequently wrote, "Thank you for all the laughter, showing me some delicious food, but most of all your friendship".

"My dearest Fatima, this is how I will remember you til my time on earth is done".

In November, she had appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk about how she was dealing with her terminal cancer diagnosis.

Our thoughts are with Fatimah Ali's loved ones during this hard time.

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