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Food Network Stars You Didn't Know Passed Away

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Sadly, the Food Network has lost more than just a handful of other stars through the years, and there's a good chance a few of them have escaped your attention. Read on to find out more about the Food Network stars you may not know passed away.

Jovial, full of life and a stellar cook, that's how most would describe Carl Ruiz.

The New Jersey native worked in many restaurant kitchens until he and ex-wife Marie eventually opened their own restaurant. Called Marie's Italian Specialties, it was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. The rest, as they say, is history.

Ruiz was soon a regular on Food Network. His gigs included appearances on Guy's Grocery Games and Guy's Ranch Kitchen. He even had stints as a judge on many of the network's cooking competition shows.

Sadly, in 2019, he was visiting friends when he suddenly passed away in his sleep. USA Today reported that the cause of death had been atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, which results from restricted blood flow due to clogged arteries.

Co-star Guy Fieri posted on Instagram after his death:

"I have no words to describe what a great friend he was to me and my family. His ability to make me laugh and smile under any circumstances was only outshined by his talent as a chef."

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Fatima Ali | 1:07
Floyd Cardoz | 2:16
Clarissa Dickson Wright | 3:15
Kerry Simon | 4:27
Keith Floyd | 5:29
Ken Kostick | 6:15
Judson Todd Allen | 7:03
Jessica Vogel | 8:14
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