Fatima Ali, ‘Top Chef’ fan favorite, is dead at 29

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Fatima Ali, the fan favorite of the previous season of Bravo's "Top Chef," died Friday after a almost yearlong battle with cancer, the network said.

In addition to competing on season 15 of Top Chef between 2017 and 2018, Ali was named a fan favorite during her tenure on the Bravo reality TV series (via TMZ).

"One of our brightest stars has fallen from the sky....", Lakshmi wrote on Instagram. "I'll try to keep everyone updated the best that I possibly can", she concluded. I dream of being myself again, but I know I'll never quite be the same, and that's okay, ' Ali's quote began. "I look forward to meeting that woman one day'".

Ali was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma in late 2017, and though the cancer initially went into remission, she revealed that it had returned last October and that her diagnosis was terminal. She detailed her battle with cancer on social media and was declared cancer-free early a year ago.

In the post, Ali said she hadn't written anything in such a long time, and didn't want to either, because she was sick, and was only getting worse as time slowly crept by. She detailed what she planned to do with her remaining time, writing, "Guess I have to step it up on the flirting".

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An Instagram post by Fatima Ali asked those around her for "prayers, prayers that are simple". In the caption, he addressed Ali directly, writing "I will miss you Fati, and you will be in my heart forever". Pursue your passion; spread love and joy; be kind and forgiving; be generous; enjoy every morsel-from humble street food to decadent fine dining; cook for the people you love.

Ali wrote in Bon Appétit in September that she only had a year to live. Fatima isn't the only star to pass away recently.

Tanya Holland, who is now the owner and executive chef of Brown Sugar Kitchen, paid tribute to Ali, writing that "Despite her youth, there was an innate knowing, a maturity, worldliness and sophistication that I deeply appreciated. I'll always remember the great times we had". I wish I could have shared more.

"People not only fell in love with her cooking, but fell in love with her personality and heart", the statement read.

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