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    MasterChef Finalist Josh Marks Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

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    MasterChef finalist Josh Marks was found dead Friday evening after reportedly committing suicide.

    After responding to a call, police found the 26-year-old chef's body in Chicago, lying face up, unresponsive and bleeding from the head, according to the Chicago Tribune.

    An autopsy later ruled Marks' death as a suicide. He suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

    Police told the Tribune one of Marks' relatives was on the scene and said Marks suffered from "schizophrenia and bipolar disorder," and was "distraught about something."

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    The 7-foot-2 reality star previously admitted he had been struggling with mental illness, saying in a video for the Make a Sound Project, "I have bipolar disorder. I get a little anxious sometimes, and how I cool out is I listen to music."

    News of Marks' death comes just a few months after he was arrested in July for allegedly attacking a police officer at a University of Chicago apartment complex, according to NBC News.

    During the incident, Marks reportedly claimed he had been possessed by MasterChef judge Gordon Ramsay, who turned him into God, according to the Tribune. He then attacked an officer and tried to remove his weapon from his holster.

    Those close to Marks said the attack was "out of character for the chef" and was "likely the result of mental illness," NBC reported at the time.

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    He was later charged with two counts of aggravated battery to a peace officer and attempting to disarm a police officer. His case was in court Wednesday and was granted a continuance to Nov. 6.

    "All of us at MASTERCHEF, Shine America, One Potato, Two Potato and FOX are incredibly saddened by the news of Josh Marks' passing," Fox said in a statement to E! News. "He was a wonderful person and an incredible talent. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends."

    Upon hearing about Marks' death, Ramsay also shared his sentiments, tweeting, "Just heard the devastating news about Josh Marks. My thoughts are with his family & friends at this tragic time."

    Marks was the runner-up on the Fox reality cooking competition's third season, losing to Christine Ha.

    "Our thoughts and prayers go out to Josh Marks's family," Ha wrote on her Facebook page. "Thank you for respecting the privacy of his friends and family during this time."

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