Joshua Marks, the 'MasterChef' contestant that thousands were rooting for, has died. The talented cook was found in an alley on Chicago's south side on Friday (October 11).
"'MasterChef' runner-up Joshua Marks was found dead of a gunshot to his head in an alley on Chicago's south side Friday night, police said Saturday. Investigators have not yet ruled whether Marks, who has publicly acknowledged suffering from bipolar disorder, committed suicide, Chicago Police spokesman John Mirabelli told CNN."
PEOPLE was able to confirm with police that suicide was in fact the cause of death stating,
"'Joshua Marks suffered a gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death was suicide,' the Chicago Medical Examiner's office confirms to PEOPLE."
Joshua was one of the most talented competitors in season three of 'MasterChef.' Although at first eliminated by the judges after being unable to properly prepare an egg, Josh was brought back to redeem himself and made it through to the final episode of the show. Christine Ha took the title of MasterChef along with the trophy and cash prize but not before Marks gave her a run for her money.
Joshua was 26-years-old at the time of his death. His hometown was Jackson, Mississippi.