Former ‘Top Chef’ contestant Fatima Ali dies

Fatima Ali, right, died after a battle with bone cancer. The former "Top Chef" contestant was 29.
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Fatima Ali, right, died after a battle with bone cancer. The former "Top Chef" contestant was 29.

Credit: Cindy Ord/Getty via NYCWFF

Credit: Cindy Ord/Getty via NYCWFF

Former "Top Chef" contestant Fatima Ali died Friday after a battle with cancer, ETOnline reported. She was 29.

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Ali, a New York City chef, was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma in 2017. This rare type of cancer occurs in the bones or in the soft tissue around the bones. Ali had chemotherapy and surgery in January to remove a tumor from her shoulder bone. However, she was told in September that the cancer had returned and she was given one year to live, ETOnline reported.

Chef Bruce Kalman, one of Ali's friends, announced her death on Instagram on Friday afternoon.

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“It’s with a heavy heart we say goodbye to Fatima Ali today, as she has lost her battle with cancer. I will miss you Fati, and you will be in my heart forever,” Kalman wrote. “I’ll always remember the great times we had, especially our interview during the tailgating episode discussing football, stadiums, and Taylor Swift. Much love, Bruce.”

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