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'MasterChef' Finalist

Found Dead

Apparent Suicide

10/12/2013 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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"MasterChef" finalist Josh Marks has been found dead in a Chicago alleyway -- just a few months after his infamous run-in with University of Chicago police -- and officials believe he committed suicide.

A rep for the Chicago PD says they received a call from a woman screaming for help Friday evening ... and after arriving to the alley found a 26-year old male with a gunshot wound to the head.

Multiple sources involved with the investigation tell us the victim is Josh Marks.

We're told officers also recovered a nearby weapon ... and they're still on-scene investigating. 

You'll recall, 26-year-old 7-foot-2 Marks was arrested by U. of Chicago cops in July after allegedly punching an officer and trying to grab his gun. Three officers tried to subdue Marks with batons and pepper spray, but he broke free and took off running.

It eventually took 5 officers to chase him down and handcuff him. Once in custody, cops claim Marks blamed Gordon Ramsay for his outburst, claiming the celeb chef had possessed him and turned him into God. There was no evidence of drug use.

Months before the arrest, Marks released a video for the "Make a Sound Project" -- an organization dedicated to helping people struggling with suicidal thoughts -- revealing he suffered from bipolar disorder.

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Police believe Marks was in a manic state during the U. Chicago incident.

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12:15 PM PT -- A rep for the Chicago Medical Examiner confirms the body was Josh Marks ... and the manner of death was suicide.

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Thone    

Just sad.

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KMH2674    

That's sad. RIP.

375 days ago
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liberal racist    

LOL!!!

375 days ago
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ttrichechap    

Wow, how sad.

375 days ago
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Rocky    

Poor soul, may he rest in peace

375 days ago
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Ozzie X    

Tragic, he must have a lot on his mind to go to this extent. RIP.

375 days ago
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ohboy    

His future was bright. It's unfortunate didn't seek the proper treatment that might have saved his life.. Or maybe he did and just didn't like it, I don't know. Still sad though, when you hate your life enough to actually end it.

375 days ago
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AnomanderRake    

That sad he was great on the show I thought for sure he had a long career ahead of him as a chef. He was so talented. Well hopefully he's at peace now. How sad.

375 days ago
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Frances    

RIP Josh...It's a painful reminder that were not invincible. He must of been in such pain. My prayers go out to his family & friends in this time of need.

375 days ago
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gorillaG    

Reality programming, this is reality. With this very final act, a troubled soul took back the control. Hopefully, tv reality shows will vet their participants more carefully in the future.

375 days ago
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Caleigh    

I remember how tall he was against the other chefs he had talent really sad poor guy RIP

375 days ago
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Ozzie X    

I met Graham Elliot the other day at a convention, brilliant man, I'm sure he is torn.

375 days ago
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Sips    

This is the third or fourth chef who worked at some point with Ramsey that ended there life way to soon I think that man is possessed RIP

375 days ago
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mwen    

Damn how many. Contestants have committed suicide after leaving this show? What is really going on?

375 days ago
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Celeb Gossip Addict    

That's horrible. I was really rooting for him to get better. Mental illness is so merciless. R.I.P. big guy.

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