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Kitchen Nightmares: Update – Joseph Cerniglia’s Death Ruled A Suicide And Sparks Controversy

September 29, 2010 09:00 AM by Lisa Princ

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While we recently learned that Joseph Cerniglia, owner of Campania restaurant which was featured on FOX’s Kitchen Nightmares was found dead on Friday, his death has now been ruled a suicide and one popular television food expert is causing a stir about this. Keep reading for more details!

The death of Joseph Cerniglia, whose restaurant was once featured on Kitchen Nightmares has been ruled a suicide by the NYPD. Authorities said a motorist called 911 after seeing a man standing on the George Washington Bridge just before 1 p.m. His body was later recovered from the river. While there has not been any word of why Joseph Cerniglia would have commited suicide, he leaves behind a wife and three children. The family posted their thanks for condolences on their facebook page as well asking for financial donations be sent in lieu of flowers to support his widow and children.

The suicide of Joseph Cerniglia has also been sparking some controversy on the web. Famed food expert and Top Chef judge, Eric Ripert spoke out on his twitter page with some not so nice comments saying “Nothing personal against Gordon Ramsay but he is a poor inspiration for professional chefs in his shows. I have my bad days to but always try to improve. TV or not – its no excuse! Ultimately I believe in the goodness of Gordon but he is very wrong.” This is not the first time Gordon Ramsay has had this happen to someone on his show, as former Hell’s Kitchen contestant Rachel Brown commited suicide a few years back as well. Gordon has not replied to Ripert’s remarks but he did issue a brief statement about the tragedy saying “Joe was a brilliant chef, and our thoughts go out to his family, friends and staff.”

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