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Condolences pour in for Pakistani American chef Fatima Ali


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The Pakistani Twitter was filled with messages of condolence as the news of the death of Pakistani origin ‘Top Chef’ contestant Fatima Ali circulated on social media. Fatima Ali who appeared on US top TV Show ‘Top Chef’, passed away after a prolonged battle with cancer.

Her fellow contestant Bruce Kalman broke the heart-wrenching news on social media. He wrote, “It’s with a heavy heart we say goodbye to Fatima Ali today, as she has lost her battle with cancer.”

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The 29-year old Fatima Ali was suffering from a rare type of cancer Ewing’s Sarcoma that affects soft tissues and bones. She was first diagnosed with cancer in 2017 soon after wrapping up the filming of the show. She then underwent rigorous treatment and was declared cancer-free in between. Her health worsened in the early days of this year as she posted on Instagram hinting that it might be her last post. She asked for prayers from her friends and followers.

In a heartfelt note, she said, “I know it’s been ages since I posted and most may have figured out why. I’m sick and unfortunately, I’m getting sicker. Right now all I need are prayers; prayers that are simple. I hope because a wish is putting on too much responsibility on the other, that you will somehow find forgiveness in your big heart for whenever I must have hurt you.

I thank you a million times over for when you have given me joy. I’ll try to keep everyone updated the best that I possibly can.”

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Soon after her death, her family issued a statement on social media in her honor. “Fatima was at home with us, surrounded by her loved ones and beloved cat Mr. Meow, when she left us in the early hours of the morning,” it began. “When someone as bright, young and vivacious as Fati passes, the only metaphor that seems to fit is that of a star — a beacon in the darkness. For all the comfort and beauty they offer us, stars, too, are impermanent and this morning, a great one was snuffed out.”

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Fatima was at home with us, surrounded by her loved ones and beloved cat Mr. Meow, when she left us in the early hours of the morning. When someone as bright and young and vivacious as our Fati passes, the only metaphor that seems to fit is that of a star—a beacon in the darkness, a light that guides us, on which to make wishes, from which to weave dreams. For all the comfort and beauty they offer us, stars, too, are impermanent. This morning a great one was snuffed out. Though she’s no longer here with us, her spirit will continue to steer us. We hope that you, too, will listen to her lessons: Live your life as she did—to the fullest. Pursue your passion; spread love and joy; be kind and forgiving; be generous; enjoy every morsel—from humble street food to decadent fine dining; cook for the people you love. Travel the world and seek out adventure. Help others and don’t be afraid to take the road less taken. Fatima will always be a part of us, and in fact if you look deep enough, you may find your own inner Fati. If you’re lucky enough to find her there, trust her, listen to her, because she will change your life for the better. We’ve learned a great deal over the course of her illness, not only pragmatic lessons we wish we hadn’t needed to learn about her disease and our health system, but about the immense love of which people are capable; about the power of being true to yourself; about how we can be better if we model ourselves after someone like her. We want to thank everyone from the bottom of our now broken hearts. We’re eternally grateful for the unending support, love, and generosity shown by people along the way—from random strangers we passed on the street who would tell her how much they admire and respect her; to all her doctors and nurses who did their best; the chefs and hospitality friends who are now part of our extended family; and the big wigs that reached out to see how they can make her dreams a reality. This has been a truly humbling experience for us all and even in her last chapter as she began to leave us, Fatima showed us how we should live.

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The statement continued, “Though she’s no longer here, her spirit will continue to steer us. We hope that you, too, will listen to her lessons: Live your life as she did — to the fullest. Pursue your passion; spread love and joy; be kind and forgiving and be generous. Fati will always be a part of us and if you look deep enough, you may find your own inner Fati.”

Not only her family but Twitter users including various celebrities expressed their sorrow over her tragic death.

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