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Chef’s Around The Country Mourn Food Network Star’s Death

Chef Carl Ruiz

A shocking tragedy struck the Food Network family on Sunday when it was announced that Chef Carl Ruiz died at the age of 44. The cause of death has not been revealed and details remain unclear as to what happened.

Ruiz appeared on shows across the network like Guy’s Grocery Games, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and Dinner: Impossible. His loss left many of his peers at Food Network at a loss of words. Guy Fieri was one of the first to share news about the passing. The two worked together on previous shows.

“I’m heartbroken that my friend chef Carl Ruiz is gone,” Fieri tweeted. “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.”

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Fieri was stricken by the news. He sent out another tweet shortly after with more thoughts on the passing: “Over the years, I’ve met a lot of great people but a friend like Carl is one in a hundred million,” Fieri added. “Carl ’The Cuban’ Ruiz will forever live on in my heart and in those of all who loved him.”

Chef Jet Tila, who has appeared on Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen as well as Guy’s Grocery Games, also mourned Ruiz’s death.

“You taught us how to enjoy every moment to the fullest and not live wondering what if! You are gone way too soon @carlruiz! I will always be #ruizing! You will be remembered by us all! #RIP my friend,” he wrote. “Thank you @guyfieri for bringing Carl into all of our lives.”

Fellow Food Network star Chef Ben Ford added, “Our community lost a good one yesterday. Way too young RIP.”

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