Tragedy struck Hell’s Kitchen this week. On the morning of April 20, chef Paulie Giganti was found dead in his Philadelphia home at the all-too-young age of 36.The Philly Medical Examiner confirmed the heartbreaking news to RadarOnline, adding that his time of death was 8:55 a.m.
“There is no cause of death at this time, as this just happened today,” another official tells the site.
Additionally, law enforcement wouldn’t comment on whether trauma or foul play is suspected in the death.
Fans will remember Paulie from his run on Season 16 of the FOX show, which aired last fall. He finished fourth behind Heidi Parent, runner-up Heather Williams, and winner Kimberly-Ann “Ryan” Ryan. Despite getting so far in the competition, he wasn’t even a trained chef and actually went to school for engineering. He taught himself how to cook.
At the time of his passing, he ran Philly restaurant Birra, though when he competed, he was based in Brooklyn, New York.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first tragedy to hit the show.
In 2010, chef Joseph Cerniglia was found dead in NYC’s Hudson River from an apparent suicide.
As of publication, host Gordon Ramsay had yet to comment on Paulie’s passing.