Paulie Giganti, who made it to fourth place on FOX's most recent season of "Hell's Kitchen," was found dead in his home in Philadelphia on Thursday. He was 36.
James Garrow, spokesperson for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, told Philly.com. "It is an accidental death by drug intoxication." It's not clear what drugs, prescription or otherwise, were found in his body.
Giganti, a Brooklyn native, was a former chef at Birra restaurant in South Philadelphia. He had worked at the restaurant for about five years, but left in November. Birra owner Gordon Dinerman told Philly.com that Giganti was talented, but troubled, and "definitely a personality, which is how he got on TV." He added, "I'll miss him. He brought a consistency to our product which is why we are still around. We did a little bit better than a lot of people because of him."
Gordon Ramsay eliminated Paulie in the 14th episode of "Hell's Kitchen" Season 16, which aired in January 2017. As TMZ put it, Giganti and Ramsay "famously feuded" during the season, but the determined chef did almost make it to the finale.
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