Fatima Ali, who wrote an emotional essay for Bon Appétit three months before her death from Ewing’s sarcoma, has been posthumously published, two days after she passed away.
The magazine’s editor’s noted in the essay, in which the Top Chef alum shared her first experience with the disease, that they were "running it early to share her perspective and honor her memory".
In the essay, the late reality star recalls her youth in Pakistan when she decided to become a chef and described her hectic first years in the culinary world before her diagnosis with the disease.
Fatima also detailed the things she committed herself to do when getting her terminal illness news. Click the link to read her full essay on Bon Appetit.
As we previously reported, Fatima, who appeared on the 15th season of the Bravo hit show, passed away after battling 'long-fought' cancer on January 25. She was 29.
Hours after her death news emerged, Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi took to Instagram to pay tribute to her, with sharing an emotional video and a sentimental message featuring photos of the duo together.
Fatima Ali's family has also shared an emotional message in a lengthy statement on Instagram, three days after her passing.
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Fatima was at home with us, surrounded by her loved ones and beloved cat Mr. Meow, when she left us in the early hours of the morning. When someone as bright and young and vivacious as our Fati passes, the only metaphor that seems to fit is that of a star—a beacon in the darkness, a light that guides us, on which to make wishes, from which to weave dreams. For all the comfort and beauty they offer us, stars, too, are impermanent. This morning a great one was snuffed out. Though she’s no longer here with us, her spirit will continue to steer us. We hope that you, too, will listen to her lessons: Live your life as she did—to the fullest. Pursue your passion; spread love and joy; be kind and forgiving; be generous; enjoy every morsel—from humble street food to decadent fine dining; cook for the people you love. Travel the world and seek out adventure. Help others and don’t be afraid to take the road less taken. Fatima will always be a part of us, and in fact if you look deep enough, you may find your own inner Fati. If you’re lucky enough to find her there, trust her, listen to her, because she will change your life for the better. We’ve learned a great deal over the course of her illness, not only pragmatic lessons we wish we hadn’t needed to learn about her disease and our health system, but about the immense love of which people are capable; about the power of being true to yourself; about how we can be better if we model ourselves after someone like her. We want to thank everyone from the bottom of our now broken hearts. We’re eternally grateful for the unending support, love, and generosity shown by people along the way—from random strangers we passed on the street who would tell her how much they admire and respect her; to all her doctors and nurses who did their best; the chefs and hospitality friends who are now part of our extended family; and the big wigs that reached out to see how they can make her dreams a reality. This has been a truly humbling experience for us all and even in her last chapter as she began to leave us, Fatima showed us how we should live.
Fatima, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2017, announced in February 2018 that she free from the disease. But, later in October, the celebrity chef revealed that her cancer had returned.
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