In a shocking story, 'Masterchef' third season runner-up Joshua Marks has been found dead. Chicago police found Marks' body on Friday evening at 6:37pm in the Windy City's South Side. Marks was only twenty-six years old.
While early reports were hazy, a statement made by the Chicago PD confirmed that Marks' death was by his own hand. "Joshua Marks suffered a gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death was suicide," said the Chicago Medical Examiner in a statement released through the police department. Police responded to a call alerting them to a body discovered along a stretch of South Peoria Avenue, where Marks was found with a revolver nearby.
Two relatives and one of Marks' friends were on the scene where Marks' body was found. His loved ones confirmed that Marks suffered from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia; the talented chef had been struggling for some time. Back in July, Marks was arrested for allegedly assaulting a Chicago police officer; these issues ran deep and had been ongoing for some time, according to all reports. At the time of the July arrest, Marks allegedly claimed that 'Masterchef' host Gordon Ramsay had possessed his body and transformed Marks into a god; Marks was charged with aggravated battery to a peace officer and attempting to disarm a police officer.
Ramsay posted a message on his Twitter account Saturday reacting to Marks' death: "Just heard the devastating news about Josh Marks. My thoughts are with his family & friends at this tragic time."