Heartfelt Condolence! Jonathan Gold, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times food critic, has died at the age of 57, multiple sources have confirmed on Saturday, July 21. He was 57.
As for the cause of death, Jonathan, who richly chronicled the L.A.'s vast culinary landscape and made its food approachable and understandable to legions of fans, died of pancreatic cancer after being diagnosed with the disease earlier this month, the Los Angeles Times reports.
According to his wife Laurie Ochoa, who is Times arts and entertainment editor, Jonathan passed away Saturday evening at St. Vincent Medical Center.
Of Jonathan's death, his longtime friend Nancy Silverton, who is a chef and Mozza co-owner, said, "He, more than any chef, changed the dining scene in Los Angeles. He really was the ambassador for our city."
Jonathan’s death is the latest devastating loss for the food community, which is still reeling from the last month's suicide of veteran chef Anthony Bourdain, who died by hanging himself with a belt in his hotel bathrobe on June 8. He was 61.
Shortly after Anthony's passing, his mother, Gladys Bourdain, told The New York Times that he had “been in a dark mood” days before committing suicide.
Jonathan was one of the most widely admired voices of Los Angeles who wrote about restaurants for four decades, becoming indelibly linked with the city where he was born and raised.
The late food critic is survived by his wife and two children.
Rest in Peace Jonathan!