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.