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Iron Chef Kerry Simon Dead At 60

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This is so sad.

Kerry Simon, Iron Chef star and celebrity chef extraordinaire, has died at age 60.

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The culinary genius succumbed to Multiple System Atrophy, according to Robin Leach, the British TV personality who was very good friends with Simon.

In fact, Leach wrote in a column on Friday, September 11 in the Las Vegas Sun about Kerry's life and death, saying:

"We will always remember Kerry fondly. He was a gentle man who will be missed greatly. He was still young and handsome at 60 years of age. He didn't smoke or drink alcohol, preferring his favorite juices regimen."

Simon, who earned celebrity chef status when he won a 2005 episode of Iron Chef, was phenomenal at what he did, as evidenced by the restaurants he owned in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Atlantic City, and elsewhere.

Interestingly enough, he got his start in the late 1980s when Donald Trump hired him to run the Plaza Hotel's Edwardian Room, a task Simon took to heart and developed until he was promoted and began the ascent of his career.

Now, though, he's gone at age 60, leaving friends like Leach with just memories. Our thoughts are with Simon's loved ones during this difficult time.

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