Television-renowned chef and restaurant owner Carl Ruiz tweeted his love of food and shared photos of dishes just one day before he died of a suspected heart attack.
Ruiz, who appeared on Food Network, shows Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives, Guy's Grocery Games and Guy's Ranch Kitchen, died suddenly on Saturday at the age of 44.
His official cause of death was not immediately known, but friends of the chef said he died peacefully in his sleep from a heart attack.
Prior to his shock death, Ruiz had spent Friday in Maryland and shared photos on social media of the food he ate in restaurants in Baltimore and Harford County.
Carl Ruiz, who appeared on Food Network shows Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives, Guy's Grocery Games and Guy's Ranch Kitchen, died suddenly on Saturday, 44 years old
Among his last tweets was a creepy message in which he referred to his dead heart
Among his last tweets was a creepy message in which he referred to his dead heart.
& # 39; Absolutely perfect hand-cut fries homemade gravy. Still be my cold, dead black heart, & read the tweet.
He also talked about crab cakes, breast sandwiches and hot dogs in the days prior to his death with his regular hashtag #Ruis.
La Cubana, Ruiz's restaurant, New York City, confirmed his death on an Instagram post on Sunday.
The restaurant said: “No words can fully express our sadness about the sudden loss of their dear friend and brother.”
& # 39; In addition to his immense culinary talent, Carl & # 39; s life-size personality has never failed to entertain, illuminate, and uplift any person he met during his # Ruizing adventures.
& # 39; His fierce intellect and infectious humor knew no bounds. He was a big part of the Cuban kitchen at home and lived to the full, just as he cooked – with & # 39; always dancing & # 39; as the main ingredient.
Ruiz, a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education, frequently appeared on the food network channel as a competitive chef and judge.
He also opened a whole series of restaurants around the world.
La Cubana, its most recent restaurant, opened the Chelsea district of Manhattan in June and offers the cuisine of its Cuban heritage.
The restaurant said it plans to honor Ruiz's memory by setting up a scholarship for aspiring chefs.
He previously owned Marie's Italian specialties in Chatham Township, New Jersey, with his ex-wife, Marie Riccio.
His friend and famous restaurateur Guy Fieri was one of the followers of Ruiz after his death.
& # 39; I am deeply sad that my friend Carl Ruiz is gone, & # 39; said his co-star.
His friend and celebrity restaurateur Guy Fieri (left) was one of the tributes to Ruiz in the aftermath of his death. & # 39; I am deeply sad that my friend Carl Ruiz is gone, & # 39; said his co-star.
His friend and famous restaurateur Guy Fieri was one of the followers of Ruiz after his death
Jet Tila from the fame of Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen and Guy's Grocery Games, said: & You have taught us to fully enjoy every moment and not to wonder what if! & # 39;
& # 39; I have no words to describe what a wonderful friend he was to me and my family. His ability to make me laugh and smile in all circumstances was only surpassed by his talent as a chef. & # 39;
Jet Tila – who worked on Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen and Guy's Grocery Games – said: “You have taught us how to fully enjoy every moment and not wonder what if! You are gone way too fast @carlruiz! I will always be #ruising! You will be remembered by all of us! #RIP my friend. & # 39;
Chef Ben Ford, whose parents are Harrison Ford and Mary Marquardt, also paid tribute with the words: & # 39; Our community has lost a good one. & # 39;
Anthony Rodriguez, a photography director for Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, tweeted: & To say he was a great chef, I could express the light. Saying he was funny would say light and saying that he was a good friend would say very lightly.
& # 39; I am devastated by the far too rapid loss of my friend Carl. Carl, you have lived your life to the full, enjoyed every moment and were one of the truest and most loyal friends anyone could ask for.
& # 39; The friendship and loyalty and laughter he brought to me and all the groups of friends who knew him best is simply indescribable Carl, you were absolutely original and lived the most and yet a way to live a short life . Vaya con dios mi hermano, te amo See you my friend in the next life. & # 39;
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