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The cause of death has been confirmed for celebrity chef Carl Ruiz, who died aged 44 last month.
Ruiz, aka ‘The Cuban’, was well-known for his career as a restauranteur, as well as many TV and radio appearances. He was also a famous advocate of meat.
According to reports, he suffered a heart attack in his sleep, ‘succumbing to atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease – typically a buildup of fats, cholesterol, and other substances in arteries which restricts blood flow’.
If you RT’d, hope you read the whole article unlike Carl. 3 less per 10k stroke, 10 more per 10k heart attacks for omnis. But even the 3 less is debatable, statistics used to ctrl for vegheads living overall better lifestyle. Veggie burgers at the funeral?
— Drew (@dr_queso) October 23, 2019
The chef regularly consumed large amounts of meat, and was famously pictured holding a large tray with various cuts and steaks, wearing a T-shirt that said: “0% vegetarian.”
Just weeks before his death, Ruiz made a joke about an article claiming vegans have a higher risk of stroke than meat-eaters, saying he would ‘eat a cheeseburger at their funeral’.
He also Tweeted about the growth of the meat analogue sector, writing: “The fact the fake meat movement is a multi-million dollar industry proves the fact that vegans are not satisfied with just eating vegetables.”
The fact the the fake meat movement is a multi million dollar industry proves the fact that vegans are not satisfied with just eating vegetables.
— Carl Ruiz (@carlruiz) September 5, 2019
Tributes poured in for Ruiz, notably from celebrity chef Guy Fieri, who took to social media to write: “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.”