How did Josh Marks die? Truth about 'Masterchef' Season 3 runner-up's death revealed in autopsy

How did Josh Marks die? Truth about 'Masterchef' Season 3 runner-up's death revealed in autopsy
'Masterchef' Season 3 runner-up Josh Marks (FOX)

Get ready for a sizzling adventure because the all-new season of 'Masterchef' is about to hit your screens. Brace yourself as a fresh theme spices up the competition, while the fiery trio of culinary genius, Gordon Ramsay, Aaron Sanchez, and Joe Bastianich, return to reign as judges. As for the aspiring cooks who will battle it out for the coveted title, well, the cast list is still under wraps, keeping us on the edge of our seats.

As we eagerly await the arrival of this tantalizing season, it's impossible not to reminisce about the remarkable contestants who have graced the 'Masterchef' kitchen before. One name that lingers in our minds is Josh Marks, the unforgettable runner-up from Season 3. However, tragedy struck this talented chef soon after his time on the show, casting a shadow of sadness over his promising future. Join us as we delve deeper into the heartbreaking story behind Josh's untimely departure from this world of flavors and passion.


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What happened to Josh Marks?

Josh Marks became famous after his appearance on 'MasterChef,' but he suffered from mental health problems that many Americans can relate to. He battled bipolar disorder and was later diagnosed with schizophrenia. Sadly, in 2013, Marks took his own life by shooting himself in the head. He was discovered lying on the ground, not moving, with blood coming from his head.


Was Gordon Ramsay the reason behind his death?

Tragically, before Josh's life came to a devastating end, a series of distressing events unfolded. It all began when he found himself in trouble with the law and was taken to a medical center near Chicago. Shockingly, he had been arrested and charged with aggravated battery against a police officer. It was alleged that Josh had punched an officer and even attempted to seize the officer's firearm. The situation quickly escalated as three officers tried to subdue him using batons and pepper spray, but he managed to break free and sprint away.

The pursuit didn't end there. It took a total of five officers to finally catch up with Josh, bringing an end to his fleeing. Once he was apprehended and placed in custody, the police claimed that Josh had attributed his outburst to Gordon Ramsay, the famous celebrity chef. In a disturbing twist, he believed that Ramsay had somehow possessed him, transforming him into God. Astonishingly, no evidence of drug use was found during this troubling incident. Months prior to his arrest, Josh had bravely shared his struggles with bipolar disorder through a heartfelt video for the 'Make a Sound Project,' an organization dedicated to supporting individuals grappling with suicidal thoughts.


MasterChef Season 13 premieres on Fox on May 24 at 8 pm ET.

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