'Top Chef' Star Aaron Grissom Dies Aged 34 | 22 Words

Heartbreaking news has reached us that Top Chef star, Aaron Grissom has passed away. He was just thirty-four years old.

Shortly after the tragic news was confirmed, his cause of death was revealed. Here's the full story...

Top Chef fans have been left shocked following the death of one of the show's former contestants, Aaron Grissom.

The star was just thirty-four years old.

A spokesperson for Top Chef network, Bravo, released a statement confirming the news.

And now, nearly a week on, his cause of death has been revealed.

The star was best known for appearing on the twelfth season of Top Chef back in 2014.

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The show, which has been running since 2006, sees established chefs cooking against each other as they compete in several different challenges.

Aaron was one of sixteen contestants on the season.

And sadly, was eliminated before reaching the final.

Before appearing on Top Chef, Aaron also starred in an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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The show covered Dirty Oscar's Annex in Tacoma where Aaron made a name for himself.

Following his stint on television, he reportedly spent recent years traveling the globe as a chef.

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Bagging himself a job cooking for touring artists in the music industry - including the likes of Billie Eilish. 

He was also a very generous man.

According to his colleague, Yu Nanakornphanom, the TV chef donated his kidney in his hour of need. "After we opened Moshi Moshi, we talked about it. 'I have this condition, I don’t know how much I can take with the business.'," Yu told Tacoma News Tribune.

He continued:

"Then we were joking around, and he said, ‘I can give you a kidney.’ We happened to be a match — we’re both Type O. It’s very rare to find Type O."

Yu spoke fondly of his friend, saying that he lived his life fully.

"He had a lot going on. “I think he had a good future ahead of him. He’s always learning to do something. He was driven. He lived his life fully."

Aaron was said to have spent the lockdown period in Mexico with his girlfriend...

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But returned to Washington recently when restrictions began to lift.

Last week, however, the news of his sudden death was reported.

A spokesperson for Top Chef network Bravo released a statement confirming the tragic news, writing: "Bravo and the Top Chef family are saddened to learn about the passing of Chef Aaron Grissom from Season 12: Boston.  Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family and friends."

Since the news of his death emerged...

Tributes have come pouring in.

Now, more details surrounding his sudden death have been revealed.

According to The News Tribune, University Place police responded to an incident at 64th Street and Grandview West Drive near Chambers Bay. at 5:20 p.m. Tuesday.

Witnesses were performing CPR on a lone motorcycle rider...

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Aaron had approached the turn in the road at a high speed, according to the police report. Witnesses heard “high revving" of the vehicle’s engine.

Witnesses said they found the driver, Aaron, on the ground, with his motorcycle about one-hundred feet beyond him.

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He was wearing a helmet, police said.

According to the Pierce County medical examiner, Aaron's death was ruled an accident.

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Having suffered “blunt force injuries," as a result of the motorcycle crash.

Rest in Peace, Aaron.

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Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this difficult time. For more on stars we've sadly lost this year, scroll on.