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'MasterChef' runner-up Josh Marks dies from self-inflicted gunshot to the head

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"MasterChef" star Josh Marks died on Oct. 11, 2013, in Chicago. The 27-year-old was discovered by a woman who found his body in an alley. The gun was recovered near the body and police believe that Josh Marks committed suicide. Detectives are examining security camera footage from near where Marks' body was found. A determination of suicide will be made when the autopsy is completed.

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Josh Marks was a chef on Gordon Ramsay's reality show "MasterChef" in 2012. He was originally eliminated in episode 12 of season 3, but won his way back on the show. After returning to "MasterChef," Josh remained in the competition all the way to the end where he lost to champion Christine Ha.

Gordon Ramsay posted a tweet today about Josh Marks' death, "Just heard the devastating news about Josh Marks. My thoughts are with his family & friends at this tragic time."

Josh Marks spoke about his bipolar disorder in a public service video he recorded for the "Make a Sound Project," a suicide awareness program. The project founder, Mike Castaneda said, "I will miss Josh more than anyone will know. I just pray through this more will come to seek help before it's too late."

Josh Marks was arrested in July after an altercation with a police officer. Marks told police he had been possessed by "MasterChef" judge Gordon Ramsay, who turned him into God. Police believe Marks was in a manic state of his bipolar depression at the time of his arrest.


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