Fatima was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, initially in 2017. On the 10th of January, Ali updated her fans on her condition that was, unfortunately, getting worse rather than better.
In a statement to Today, the Top Chef family - including the cast, crew, producers, and network - confirmed Ali had passed away as well, saying they were "deeply saddened" to announce she had died after fighting cancer for a number of years. Ali was eliminated in Week 9 of the competition, but was named the Fan Favorite at season's end.
Ali made an impact from the get-go in Colorado, wanting to show her fellow cheftestants, the judges and the audience at large the world of Pakistani food. Ali acknowledged it had been "ages" since she had posted "and most may have figured out why", she said.More news: China's population growth slows despite two-child policy
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'I thank you a million times over for when you have given me joy. Revealing that she'd been given one year to live, Ali wrote, "I was looking forward to being 30, flirty and thriving". Sending so much love to her family. She also struck up a friendship with host/judge Padma Lakshmi that lasted beyond her time on Top Chef. I'll always remember the great times we had, especially our interview during the tailgating episode discussing football, stadiums, and Taylor Swift'.
Ali left her native Pakistan at 18 to become a student at the Culinary Institute of America in NY and hoped to open her own restaurant someday. She underwent several rounds of chemotherapy and then doctors declared her cancer-free in January 2018 after removing tumor and surrounding cells in her left shoulder, according to Bravo. She enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America and started working in NY restaurants, eventually becoming executive sous chef at Macy's Stella 34 and La Fonda Del Sol, Bravo said. "Guess I have to step it up on the flirting", she wrote in her essay.
Ellen DeGeneres, who had Ali on her show late previous year, posted a picture on Twitter from the interview.