Celebrity chef Floyd Cardoz dies of coronavirus at 59

Celebrity chef Floyd Cardoz passed away on Wednesday after contracting COVID-19, the New York Times reported.

The 59-year-old native of Bombay, India gained international fame as a competitor on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters in 2011.

A representative from his company, Hunger Inc. Hospitality Group, confirmed to media outlets that Cardoz was being treated at New Jersey’s Mountainside Medical Center at the time of his death.

Coronavirus in New York City

The sad news comes just over a week after announcing online that he was suffering from coronavirus symptoms and checking himself into a New York City hospital as “a precautionary measure.”

“Sincere apologies, everyone. I am sorry for causing undue panic around my earlier post,” the celebrity chef said in an Instagram post on March 17.

“I was feeling feverish and hence as a precautionary measure, admitted myself into hospital in New York,” Cardoz explained, adding that he “was hugely anxious about my state of health.”

Cardoz had been in India filming the television show “Ugly Deliciouswith actor Aziz Ansari before flying to Germany and then the U.S.

Other celebrities affected

The chef isn’t the first high-profile figure to contract the coronavirus. Earlier in the month, actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson announced that they both tested positive for the disease while visiting Australia.

“They are still self-quarantined obviously, but they are feeling a lot better so that’s a relief,” son Chet Hanks told The Guardian on March 17 after both were released from the hospital.

“I just want to say, anyone else out there that has loved ones, or if you yourself are inflicted with the virus, my prayers go out to you because a lot of people are suffering other than my parents right now,” he continued, going on to say, “I just wish everyone a swift and speedy recovery.”

Political figures from both parties have been struck as well. In the House, Utah Democrat Ben McAdams tweeted on March 22 that he had sought medical treatment after experiencing respiratory problems. Kentucky’s Republican Sen. Rand Paul announced on the same day that he was also infected, but stressed that he was asymptomatic.

U.K. prime minister Boris Johnson announced Friday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus. Johnson said he has experienced mild symptoms for the past day and is self-isolating.

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