Pakistani-American chef Fatima Ali passes away after brave battle with cancer

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Former Top Chef contestant Fatima Ali lost her long and brave battle with cancer on Friday and passed away at the age of 29.. 

After revealing that her cancer had returned following surgery, Ali had shared the first photo of herself in weeks as well as a request for prayers from fans in early January.

She had posted a photo on Instagram in which she revealed that she was getting sicker after having bravely fought her cancer.

Opening up about her condition, in a heartbreaking post, the young star shared a selfie, where she smiled into the camera from what appeared to be a hospital bed.

Fatima had written: “I know it’s been ages since I posted and most may have figured out why. I’m sick and unfortunately, I’m getting sicker.”

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“Right now all I need are prayers; prayers that are simple. I hope because a wish is putting on too much responsibility on the other, that you will somehow find forgiveness in your big heart for whenever I must have hurt you.”

She added: “I thank you a million times over for when you have given me joy. I’ll try to keep everyone updated the best that I possibly can.”

The celebrity chef revealed in a heart-breaking essay back in October that doctors estimated she had only a year left to live.

She wrote an essay for Bon Appétit in which she spoke about how she and her doctors had thought the cancer was gone but was back in her hip and femur.

She was diagnosed with Erwings Sarcoma not long after competing the 15th season of the cooking show in 2017.