Food Network star and celebrity chef Carl Ruiz died from a hardening of his arteries … TMZ has learned.
A spokesperson for the Maryland Department of Health tells TMZ … Ruiz died after succumbing to atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease — typically a buildup of fats, cholesterol and other substances in arteries which restricts blood flow.
The finding confirms the suspicions of Carl’s family … that he died of a heart attack.
The Dept. of Health also lists his death as natural, which just means there was no foul play.
As we reported … Ruiz died in his sleep last month at just 44 years old. His death shook the food community … with several chefs reacting publicly to the loss. Guy Fieri said he was heartbroken.
Carl was Cuban-American and known as an expert in Spanish cuisine. In addition to being a popular fixture on the Food Network … he’d just opened his restaurant, La Cubana, in NYC earlier this year.
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Born in Syracuse, NY. He holds a bachelor of science degree in communication from Florida Institute of Technology with specialization in technical writing, business, public relations, marketing, media, promotion, and aerospace engineering.
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