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‘Top Chef’ star dies after battle with cancer

This May 9, 2017, photo released by Bravo shows cooking contestant Fatima Ali during season 15 of the competition series, “Top Chef,” in Denver. Ali has died at 29 years old, Bravo announced Friday. (Tommy Garcia / Associated Press)
This May 9, 2017, photo released by Bravo shows cooking contestant Fatima Ali during season 15 of the competition series, “Top Chef,” in Denver. Ali has died at 29 years old, Bravo announced Friday. (Tommy Garcia / Associated Press)

“Top Chef” star Fatima Ali, who battled bone and soft tissue cancer, has died at 29 years old, Bravo announced Friday.

Her struggle with the cancer known as Ewing’s sarcoma, which she shared in October as a terminal diagnosis, did not stop her. She took to social media in past months to share with fans a bucket list that included meals out with “Top Chef” stars Joe Flamm and Stephanie Izard and an appearance on the “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

“Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi took to Twitter to celebrate the life of the Pakistan-born Season 15 fan favorite.

“One of our brightest stars has fallen from the sky…. I have no words, but here are some of hers: ‘I dream of being better. I dream of being myself again, but I know I’ll never quite be the same, and that’s okay. I look forward to meeting that woman one day.’ ”

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