Rachel Brown, Hell’s Kitchen contestant, committed suicide back in 2007. She is back in the news this week after yet another reality chef ended their life. Get the story here, and see photos and video below.
Brown was found dead in Texas of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound roughly one year after being eliminated from the FOX reality show. Her body was discovered by family members on May 9th, 2007.
Her death is now being sucked back into the news cycle after a chef from another of Ramsay’s shows ‘Kitchen Nightmares,’ was found dead this week. His body turned up in the Hudson River after authorities suspect he threw himself from the George Washington Bridge.
Surely those with a sick sense of humor will find it ironic that two individuals who were featured on television alongside the sharp-tongued British chef have taken their own lives. But, naturally, there is more to the story than that.
Rachel Brown’s Hell’s Kitchen appearance was actually a sort of landmark in reality television. The openly gay chef found romance with another woman during the series—something producers didn’t shy away from including in the episodes. And while the inner-turmoil that led to her suicide has not been made public, it’s safe to assume it wasn’t a result of being booted from the show.
Joseph Cerniglia, on the other hand, was featured on ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ in 2007, where he admitted to being nearly $100,000 in debt. As part of the show’s premise, Ramsay helps restaurateurs clean up their act in an effort to return to profitability. The episode Cerniglia was featured on leaves the viewer hopeful that he could dig his way out of the mess, and maybe even thrive once again.
Recent reports state that his restaurant was actually doing quite well. Our thoughts go out to his family.
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