The http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-authorities-masterchef-finalist-josh-marks-dies-from-apparent-suicide-20131011,0,2429333.story">Chicago Tribune is reporting that Josh Marks, a Chicago native who attended Tougaloo College and worked for a time in Vicksburg for the U.S. Army as a contract specialist, died Friday of a what the coroner has ruled a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The victim, of the South Side, was pronounced dead at 6:37 p.m. on the scene, according to a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner's office. An autopsy conducted today ruled his death a suicide.
As an amateur chef, Marks was a contestant on the show Masterchef, having http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2012/jul/04/joshua-marks-cooks-storm/">left Jackson to compete on the show's third season in 2012. In an article published by the JFP, Marks summed up his experience: http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2012/sep/26/class-under-fire/">Class Under Fire.
This past summer, Marks was arrested for assaulting a police officer and attempting to pull the officer's weapon; he faced multiple felony charges. According to the Tribune:
At the time of Marks' arrest in July, police say he claimed to have been possessed by "MasterChef" judge Gordon Ramsay who turned him into God. During the scuffle, officials say it took multiple officers to capture Marks, after he lunged at one and attempted to take his gun.
Just this past Wednesday a continuance was granted in the case to November 6th.