MasterChef finalist Josh Marks was found fatally shot Friday night in a suicide, authorities said.
Police responded to a call of a body found at 6:45 p.m. Friday in the 9700 block of South Peoria Street in the city’s Longwood Manor neighborhood and found Marks lying face up on the ground, unresponsive and bleeding from the head. Fire department personnel were already there.
MasterChef finalist Josh Marks was found fatally shot Friday night in a suicide
Josh Marks, 26, was pronounced dead at 6:37 p.m. on the scene, according to a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
An autopsy conducted today ruled his death a suicide.
Josh Marks suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and a revolver was found near his body.
Police said an acquaintance and two relatives of the victim were on the scene and one of the relatives told police that Josh Marks suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and he was distraught about something, police said.
Josh Marks was found dead of a gunshot to his head in an alley on Chicago’s south side Friday night, police said Saturday.
Investigators have not yet ruled whether MasterChef finalist Josh Marks, who has publicly acknowledged suffering from bipolar disorder, committed suicide, Chicago Police spokesman John Mirabelli told CNN.
Joshua Marks, 26, lost to winner Christine Ha in the final round of the Fox reality cooking competition’s third season.
His death comes three months after he was arrested following a scuffle with several Chicago police officers, according to the Chicago Tribune. Josh Marks told police he had been possessed by MasterChef judge Gordon Ramsay, who turned him into God, the newspaper reported.
Josh Marks was found dead of a gunshot to his head in an alley on Chicago’s south side Friday night
Gordon Ramsay posted a message on his Twitter account Saturday reacting to Josh Marks’ death: “Just heard the devastating news about Josh Marks. My thoughts are with his family & friends at this tragic time.”
Josh Marks – who at 7-foot-2 was known by friends as “a gentle giant” – spoke about his mental illness in a public service video he recorded for the Make a Sound Project, a suicide awareness program.
The project promotes “how to use music as an alternative to the crazy thoughts you may have going in your mind,” Josh Marks said in the video.
“Me personally, I have bipolar disorder, so, you know, I’ll get a little anxious sometimes, and how I cool out is, I listen to music and just listen to the words and just relax and, you know, find my melody. I wish we had some music going on in here right now.”
But after Josh Marks was arrested, project founder Mike Castaneda told a reporter he was removing Marks from the venture, but on Saturday, Castaneda described his comment as “a poor statement.”
Detectives are talking to witnesses and examining security camera video from near where Josh Marks’ body was found, John Mirabelli said.
A determination of suicide would not be made until an autopsy is completed this weekend, he said.