On March 29, several Food Network viewers got to re-watch the April Fool’s episode of Guy’s Grocery Games in which they honored Carl Ruiz. Here’s a look at what happened to the singer and how he died.

Carl was an integral part of the Food Network, and the old episode made viewers walk down a memory lane. Many took to social media to express their grieve over the loss of a talented chef. Meanwhile, others applauded the network for paying a sweet tribute to the late chef.

What happened to Carl Ruiz?

Carl was an executive chef at La Cubana in New York and he had appeared on ‘Guy’s Grocery Games’ and ‘Guy’s Ranch Kitchen.’ He managed to win the ‘Guy’s Grocery Games’ and went on to appear as a celebrity judge.

On September 21, 2019, Carl passed away due to clogged arteries. The news of his death was confirmed by Bruce Goldfarb of the Maryland Department of Health. In a statement to USA Today, he said: “the cause of death is atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, natural causes.”

La Cubana also released an official statement following Carl’s death. The statement read: “On behalf of the La Cubana family, with heavy hearts, we are deeply saddened to share the passing of our beloved Executive Chef Carl Ruiz.”

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The statement continued: “No words can fully express our sadness at the sudden loss of our dear friend and brother. Beyond his immense culinary talent, Carl’s larger-than-life personality never failed to entertain, enlighten, and uplift every person he encountered along his #Ruizing adventures.”

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Guy Fieri opens up about Carl Ruiz’s death

Guy also came forward and broke his silence after Carl’s death was confirmed. He said: “I’m heartbroken that my friend chef Carl Ruiz is gone. I have no words to describe what a great friend he was to me and my family. His ability to make me laugh and smile under any circumstances was only outshined by his talent as a chef. Over the years, I’ve met a lot of great people but a friend like Carl is one in a hundred million. Carl ’The Cuban’ Ruiz will forever live on in my heart and in those of all who loved him.”

The special tribute on Guy’s Grocery Games helped fans remember Carl as one of the best chefs to appear on the show.

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