Josh Marks, 'MasterChef' finalist, commits suicide

Josh Marks competes in the "MasterChef" season 3

Josh Marks competes in the "MasterChef" season 3 finale. (Credit: "MasterChef" Youtube channel)

'MASTERCHEF' CONTESTANT DEAD Josh Marks, the runner-up to champion Christine Ha on "MasterChef" season three last year, was found dead on a Chicago street Friday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Chicago Tribune reported that Marks, 26, of the city's South Side, was pronounced dead at the scene, with a subsequent autopsy ruling suicide.

The 7-foot, 2-inch chef, who relatives said suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, had been arrested July 29 after being found injured and then allegedly lunging at police responders, tackling one officer and attempting to take his gun, police said. His case, scheduled for a hearing last Wednesday, had been rescheduled to Nov. 6.

 

EXPECTING WITH THE STARS Former "Dancing with the Stars" professional dancers Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo are having a child, Sliwinska tweeted Sunday. "There it is, my little secret," she captioned an Instagram photo of herself visibly pregnant. "Less than 2lbs little :)" She afterward thanked well-wishers and added, "Can't wait to be a mommy."

 

FINALES Helen Castillo was eliminated in part one of the "Project Runway" finale, leaving four designers to sew it up on part two Thursday at 9 p.m. on Lifetime.

 

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