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Josh Marks Mom

Schizophrenia Diagnosis

Killed My Son

10/13/2013 11:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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"MasterChef" star Josh Marks was diagnosed with schizophrenia 24 hours before committing suicide ... so says his mother, who claims the thought of dealing with more mental issues put him over the edge.

Marks' mom Paulette Mitchell is saying the reality star completed an out-patient treatment program Thursday -- where he was diagnosed with schizophrenia ... according to a family rep.

Mitchell first told the Chicago Tribune the chef had finally come to terms with his bipolar disorder ... but "couldn't bear the thought of another diagnosis."

Paulette claims Marks was upset about the doctors assessment ... so she spent the night with him and left the next afternoon to pick her daughter up from school.

A few hours later ... she received a phone call from a family member saying people had called saying Josh was walking through a nearby alley clutching a gun.

Mitchell says she rushed over to the alleyway to find him -- but instead discovered her son dead from a gunshot wound ... with a revolver at his side.

His mother also admits ... some of the Marks' delusions centered around Gordon Ramsay, and that's why he told cops back in July that the chef had possessed his body when he got arrested.
 
The family is hoping to start a foundation in his honor to help mental illness awareness.

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loveyou15    

Sad

194 days ago
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jdubu2    

Mental illness needs to come out of the closet and be given the attention gay and lesbians have been given.

194 days ago
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firebaby    

such a tragic end.... america needs to take a long hard look at how it deals with mental health issues, and make medical care more available to those in need....

194 days ago
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cristiana    

that poor mother has been through so much! my c

194 days ago
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cristiana    

*my condolences

194 days ago
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tomjones    

lol, so him being crazy wasn't the reason he killed himself. TELLING him he was crazy was the reason.

man my kids generation is going to be ****ed right over with this bull****.

194 days ago
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Black Adam    

As many stories the Kardashian's receive, why couldn't this one involve Kris.

194 days ago
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Rocky    

Poor soul, RIP

194 days ago
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Marie    

Such a sad story...

194 days ago
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rlemons    

So sad

194 days ago
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Lucy in the Sky    

That's horrible. Rip

194 days ago
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stephen cramer    

my mom died a year ago & had schizophrenia. a few weeks before she passed she spoke to college students about the stigma of mental illness. destigmatizing it is going to be my life's work.

194 days ago
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chelemybelle2011    

Such a shame. I feel for his family. Mental illness is hard enough without being in the spot light.

194 days ago
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Gothetshirt    

Hey Paulette, you are not going to be able to sue Gordon Ramsey's deep pockets on this one. Your son had problems long before he went on the Ramsey show. You are a typical dirtbag mother--having more kids for more $$$. You make me sick. Maybe you are the reason your son was messed up so bad. Cow.

194 days ago
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Gothetshirt    

Hey Paulette: Blaming others who had zero to do with your sons "illness" is low, stupid and sick. Just what did you do to help your son, who had these problems for years?

194 days ago
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