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'Top Chef Masters' Winner Floyd Cardoz Dies at 59 from COVID-19

“Top Chef Masters” winner Floyd Cardoz has died at the age of 59 due to COVID-19, confirmed by his family to, on Wednesday. The chef owned two popular restaurants in his native India. He rose to prominence when he won season three of “Top Chef Masters” in 2011. He also starred in season two of Netflix’s “Ugly Delicious.”

Cardoz was visiting Mumbai until March 8 when he returned to New Jersey via Germany, according to his Instagram. He was admitted to the hospital in New York on March 18 because he was feeling feverish. He tested positive for COVID-19, the coronavirus that causes a respiratory infection and symptoms such as fever, shortness or breath and coughing. Globally, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported 414,179 people have tested positive for COVID-19, and 18,440 have died due to complications from the virus.

Fans, friends and colleagues reacted to his death on Twitter and shared condolences.

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