AceShowbiz - Celebrity chef Floyd Cardoz has become the latest celebrity to succumb to COVID-19.
The "Top Chef Masters" season three champion died on Wednesday (25Mar20) at the Mountainside Medical Centre in New Jersey due to complications from the coronavirus. He was 59.
Reports suggest he was admitted to the hospital with a fever last week and diagnosed with the deadly virus.
"Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi was one of the first to pay tribute to Cardoz via Instagram on Wednesday, writing: "I am beyond saddened to wake up today and hear the news of my dear friend @floydcardoz’s passing. Floyd made us all so proud.
"Nobody who lived in NY in the early aughts could forget how delicious and packed (his restaurant) Tabla always was. He had an impish smile, an innate need to make those around him happy, and a delicious touch. This is a huge loss, not only for the professional food world, but for Indians everywhere. My heart goes out to his wife Barkha and their whole family. RIP."
The sad news comes a day after playwright Terrence McNally lost his battle with the coronavirus.