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Chef Carl Ruiz dead at 44: Tributes pour in for the celebrity chef

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Celebrity Chef Carl Ruiz has passed away shortly after arriving in Maryland. Pic credit: Carl Ruiz/Instagram

Celebrity chef Carl Ruiz, who featured on the Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games and Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, has reportedly died at age 44.

Ruiz was in Maryland and a source claims that the celebrity chef unexpectedly suffered a fatal heart attack. Monsters and Critics has not been able to independently verify the celebrity chef’s cause of death.

Ruiz was active on his Twitter and Instagram account on the day he reportedly passed away. Several friends have confirmed his death on social media.

Celebrity restaurateur Guy Fieri — the host of Guy’s Grocery Games and Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives — posted a poignant message in honor of his longtime friend, while comedian Tim Dillon, chef Jet Tila and writer and food critic Troy Johnson also posted tributes.

Ruiz appeared on Guy’s Grocery Games as a celebrity judge and was a regular guest on the Opie Radio Show.

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💔🐼PANDAS 4LIFE🐼💔 “Cuzzz”, @saborchef I will miss your huge signature laugh like nothing else. You made me laugh til my stomach hurt. We acted like crazy fools and had a ball doing it! Thank you for that. You genuinely just loved making sure everyone around you had the time of their lives😊 You were the most balls-to-the-wall person I’ve ever met and I will miss the hell out of you. I can’t believe I’ll never get another 8am text from you asking, “Brit, what’s my apple password again?” 😭😣 Now, go find your Sniper Seat at that party in the sky and show them what #Ruizing is all about! Love ya Carlito. SQUAD UP #restinpeace #besties #600dollarchickenstrips #fingerguns #lostphone #lookatyoualldrivingandshit #roadtrip #orlando #neverforget #trashpandas #fingernuts #thecuban #pandas #carlruiz #thecuban #goodbyefriend #lacubana @lacubananyc #pinkiesup

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I hate this. I hate that you’re gone, before I had one more chance to tell you how much I love you, how brilliant you are, how much I learn from you. I’ll miss our text conversations when I was flying and bored… the knights of the Templar game where we had to be excruciatingly honest with each other. I’ll miss watching you dance; you were a joy to watch. I’ll miss you making me dance salsa even though I was so bad at it. I’ll miss you translating Julio Iglesias lyrics at 2 in the morning, each verse more ludicrously heartbreaking than the next. I’ll miss sitting on your bed, cozied up in our bathrobes, sipping orange juice and watching maid in Manhattan. I’ll miss our arguments, and then honestly apologizing to each other with tears in our eyes. I’ll miss you calling the walk to the restaurant a “hike”, clomping the whole way there in your clogs. I’ll miss you calling me baby girl. I’ll miss you fiercely fighting for me when I couldn’t do it for myself. I have reached for my phone to call you so many times since yesterday… to ask you how I should handle this pain. A portion of my heart is forever crushed at the prospect of living life without you. My fervent prayer is that you are finally at peace, in the Father’s arms. Please, God… You went out the way you wanted. And that is a mercy. In the meantime, i crave one more day with you, and I cling to this, for you and for me: “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” Psalm 34:18

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Chef Carl Ruiz was an acclaimed chef and consultant who had worked in the food and restaurant industry for over two decades. He opened multiple restaurants and appeared on television and radio shows.

The Cuban chef became well known to a wider audience after his appearances on The Food Network where he worked as a guest judge or consultant. He interviewed several renowned chefs on Sirius XM and was featured in The New York Times and on ESPN, as well as several other outlets during his successful career.

Carl Ruiz’s latest restaurant, La Cubana opened earlier this year in New York City’s Meatpacking District.

Carl Ruiz was well known for the hashtag #ruizing, which featured photos of meals the chef enjoyed across the globe. Many fans have used the hashtag to pay tribute to Ruiz’s life and legacy.

Carl Ruiz died at age 44 and is remembered for his culinary talent and larger than life personality.

Frank Yemi covers breaking news, TV, and pop culture for Monsters & Critics. He has been a professional writer for more than eight years and... read more
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