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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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
The beautiful brave @cheffati passed away today. Inna lillahay wa inna alaihay rajioon. What an inspirational gorgeous human being! May her soul rest in peace. Prayers and condolences for her entire family especially her parents. No one should ever have to bury their child… ☹ pic.twitter.com/YG5iF4VpNg
— Juggun Kazim (She/Her) (@JuggunKazim) January 25, 2019
Heart felt condolences to parents & family of Fatima Ali for losing their talented daughter in their prime! May Allah bless her soul and give fortitude to all loved ones to bear her loss! Amen! https://t.co/PmdyZf0NRP via @EaterNY
— Moeed Pirzada (@MoeedNj) January 25, 2019
— Shama Junejo (@ShamaJunejo) January 26, 2019
RIP Fatima Ali, Pakistan’s “Top Chef,” who died today after a long battle with cancer. We belong to God and to Him we shall return. pic.twitter.com/fwqJN0VRHj
— Jeremy McLellan (@JeremyMcLellan) January 25, 2019
— Shazia Atta Marri (@ShaziaAttaMarri) January 25, 2019
A tremendous loss that cuts so deep even amongst us who didn’t know her but who loved her because this woman was truly exceptional. Rest in Peace Chef, may all of paradise be yours.
— Sehr Pirzada (@SehrPirzada) January 26, 2019