Former “MasterChef” contestant, Josh Marks, was found dead in a Chicago alley. On October 11, 2013 at 6:45 p.m., a report came through to police that a body was lying in the alley in the Longwood Manor neighborhood. When they responded to the call, they discovered Josh lying on his back. He was unresponsive and bleeding from a head wound. They found a revolver near him. Josh was pronounced dead on the scene.
The medical examiner ruled the incident a suicide.
Josh, 26, was a finalist on “MasterChef.” His mother, Paulette Mitchell, found him in the alley Friday evening. Last year, Josh had a number of upsets in his life and they all happened in the course of a month. Doctors diagnosed him with bipolar disorder. Then in the final round on “MasterChef,” he lost to Christine Ha. He was just coming to grips on the bipolar disorder until a doctor diagnosed him with schizophrenia. The news was too much for him to handle and no one seemed able to help him. Paulette tried to get her son into a mental health clinic, but the choices are limited. Either they had no available space, or they didn’t accept his insurance card.
It is a tragic end to a talented person who many called “gentle giant.” Paulette described her son as a person who loved life and people. He would never hurt anyone except himself.
According to CNN Entertainment News, a statement made by Josh’s family said, "But, behind that huge smile, Josh was in the battle of his life fighting mental illness. It was extremely tough, but Josh was always positive, focused on his faith in God and determined to win; pushing forward through his illness to follow his passion for cooking and dream of being a renowned chef."