'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.

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.