'Hell's Kitchen' chef Paulie Giganti, 36, found dead at his home

Paulie Giganti, who competed on season 16 of Fox's "Hell's Kitchen," was found dead in his Philadelphia home on Thursday morning, according to RadarOnline. He was 36.

The Brooklyn-born chef reportedly died of a drug overdose, according to TMZ. A spokesman at the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's office revealed that Giganti tested positive for drugs, but wouldn't say what kind were found.

A neighbor had reportedly called the police, complaining of foul odor. When officials got to Giganti's apartment, they found his body sprawled on the floor of his bedroom.

Paulie was on season 16 of the reality competition show, which aired from September 2016 to February 2017. He made it into the top five, but was eliminated in episode 14.

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HELL'S KITCHEN: Contestant Paulie in the all-new Playing-Cards Right episode of HELLS KITCHEN airing Thursday, Jan. 19 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
HELL'S KITCHEN: Contestant Ryan in the all-new Black Jacket lounge episode of HELLS KITCHEN airing Thursday, Jan. 12 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
HELL'S KITCHEN: Contestant Paulie in the all-new Playing-Cards Right episode of HELLS KITCHEN airing Thursday, Jan. 19 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
HELL'S KITCHEN: Contestant Paulie in the all-new Black Jacket lounge episode of HELLS KITCHEN airing Thursday, Jan. 12 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
HELL'S KITCHEN: Contestant Paulie in the all-new Black Jacket lounge episode of HELLS KITCHEN airing Thursday, Jan. 12 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
HELL'S KITCHEN: Host / chef Gordon Ramsay and contestant Heidi in the all-new Black Jacket lounge episode of HELLS KITCHEN airing Thursday, Jan. 12 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
HELL'S KITCHEN: Host / chef Gordon Ramsay and contestant Paulie in the all-new Black Jacket lounge episode of HELLS KITCHEN airing Thursday, Jan. 12 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
HELL'S KITCHEN: Contestant Dannie in the all-new 12 Chefs Compete episode of HELLS KITCHEN airing Wednesday, Feb. 17 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
HELL'S KITCHEN: L-R: Chef / host Gordon Ramsay with contestants Ryan and Heather in the season finale of HELLS KITCHEN airing Thursday, Feb. 2 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
HELL'S KITCHEN: Contestant Heather in the season finale of HELLS KITCHEN airing Thursday, Feb. 2 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
HELL'S KITCHEN: Contestant Ryan in the season finale of HELLS KITCHEN airing Thursday, Feb. 2 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
HELL'S KITCHEN: Host / chef Gordon Ramsay and contestant Kimberely in the all-new Black Jacket lounge episode of HELLS KITCHEN airing Thursday, Jan. 12 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
HOTEL HELL: The kitchen staff during service in the all-new Beachfront Inn & Inlet episode of HOTEL HELL airing Tuesday, July 19 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
HELL'S KITCHEN: L-R: Gordon Ramsay and contestant Frank in the all-new 12 Chefs Compete episode of HELLS KITCHEN airing Wednesday, Feb. 17 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
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He ran a restaurant in Philadelphia called Birra and left in November 2016 after working there for five years.

Giganti was "definitely a personality, which is how he got on TV," said owner Gordon Dinerman.

If you recall, Giganti occasionally got into explosive arguments with celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay over his dishes. Watch one of their tense exchanges in the video below:

Giganti's passing is the latest in a number of shocking Hollywood deaths this year. Nearly two weeks ago, news surfaced that MTV reality star Clay Adler committed suicide at 27.

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