Ellen Degeneres pays a tearful tribute to ‘Top Chef’ Fatima Ali who died from cancer

Upon learning of Chef Fatima Ali's passing, famous host Ellen DeGeneres took to social media to share her condolences.

Ali, who suffered from Ewing's sarcoma, a bone cancer, drew her last breath on Friday, January 25, 2019, at the young age of 29, surrounded by family and friends.

DeGeneres had the opportunity to meet the Chef during an episode of her show and couldn't help but pay Ali a little tribute through her official Twitter page.


The 61-year-old claimed that she was lucky to have been able to know Ali during her short but sweet visit to the show and wished that they could have spent more time together.

DeGeneres took the opportunity to send Ali's family much love, and hoped that they could "find comfort in knowing how much light she brought to the world."

The beautiful words were accompanied by a fantastic photo depicting a very happy Ali sitting next to the host during "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

The news of the Chef's passing was also announced by fellow Chef Bruce Kalman, who was very close friends with Ali, through his Instagram account.


Kalman shared a picture of himself with Ali at the hospital, and even though her hair was completely gone, it was obvious that her rebel and joyful spirit wasn't as she posed for the camera with her tongue sticking out.

"It’s with a heavy heart we say goodbye to Fatima Ali today, as she has lost her battle with cancer. I will miss you Fati, and you will be in my heart forever."

Bruce Kalman, Instagram, January 25, 2019


Ali, who was a Chef on Bravo's "Top Chef" season 15, wasn't as active on Instagram in the last few months of her life but she still managed to keep her fans updated.

On January 11, Ali took to her social media account to ask for prayers and to announce that her condition was declining.  The late 29-year-old also asked for forgiveness from those who she may have hurt in the past.


Ali was declared cancer-free in February 2018 but, unfortunately, the disease returned last fall and doctors told her that she only had one year to live. 

It has been reported that Ali spent the last months of her life indulging in the things she always wanted to do, such as visiting special restaurants with her friends.

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