Fatima Ali, ‘Top Chef’ contestant from Colorado season, dies at 29 from cancer
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Fatima Ali, ‘Top Chef’ contestant from Colorado season, dies at 29 from cancer

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    Fatima Ali, who was voted “Fan Favorite” on Season 15 of “Top Chef,” lost her battle with a rare bone and soft tissue cancer today.

Fatima Ali, who was voted “Fan Favorite” on Season 15 of “Top Chef,” lost her battle with a rare bone and soft tissue cancer Friday.

She was just 29.

Ali revealed back in October in a personal essay for Bon Appetit that her cancer had returned. She had been suffering from Ewing’s sarcoma since 2017.

“The cancer cells my doctors believed had vanished are back with a vengeance in my left hip and femur bone,” she wrote. “My oncologist has told me that I have a year to live, with or without the new chemotherapy regimen. I was looking forward to being 30, flirty, and thriving. Guess I have to step it up on the flirting. I have no time to lose.”

Ali documented her journey on social media, with her last Instagram post being a Jan. 10 smiling photo from her hospital bed in which she asked for prayers.

“I’m sick and unfortunately I’m getting sicker,” she wrote. “Right now all I need are prayers; prayers that are simple. I hope, because a wish is putting on too much responsibility on the other, that you will somehow find forgiveness in your big heart for whenever I must have hurt you. I thank you a million times over for when you have given me joy.”

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