MasterChef Runner-up Joshua Marks dies from gunshot
The 7-foot-2-inch runner-up of third season “MasterChef”, Joshua Marks committed suicide on Friday in Chicago and has died. He found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a Chicago and found with a revolver near his body. “Joshua Marks suffered a gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death was suicide,” the Chicago Medical Examiner’s office confirmed.
Marks came in second on the third season of “MasterChef” in 2012, losing to Christina Ha, the first-ever blind contestant.
“It is overwhelming to think that with proper, intensive treatment, Joshua may still be with us. He was a jewel with so much talent to offer this world. But, in his state of mind, he turned to the streets for a gun and easily got it,” Butler said, as quoted by CNN.
He has a history of mental illness, was arrested during a confrontation with law enforcement officers. It reportedly took five officers to control him. He allegedly claimed at the time that he had been possessed by “MasterChef” judge Gordon Ramsay and that he had been transformed into God. The incident allegedly caused sponsors to distance themselves from him.
Marks was diagnosed with bipolar disorder around the same time he became a runner-up to his friendly rival Christine Ha on MasterChef. Bipolar Disorder is a mental illness classified by psychiatry as a mood disorder. Individuals with bipolar disorder experience episodes of an elevated or agitated mood known as mania alternating with episodes of depression. He received schizophrenia diagnosis recently the day before he died.