Rachel Brown, Hell's Kitchen Suicide, Follows with Grim Discovery

Rachel Brown, Hell's Kitchen contestant who shot herself to death in 2007 after appearing on the popular Gordon Ramsay show, has been followed in death byJoseph Cerniglia, a New Jersey restauranteur who appeared on Ramsay's"Kitchen Nightmares" that same year.

Cerniglia's family issued a statement via Facebook thanking "all of the friends who have sent their condolences." They are accepting donations to support Cerniglia's family, which includes a wife and three sons--Evan, Michael and Nicholas.

Cerniglia's body was found in the Hudson River late last week. On the series, Cerniglia confessed his financial troubles to Ramsay, who responded by saying, "Your business is about to f--king swim down the Hudson."

For those familiar with the show, the death ofRachel Brown three years ago remains areminder of its competitive nature. In the competition, Brown came in fifth. Appearing to have enjoyed the experience and holding no regrets to the outcomeat least thats what she told the Dallas VoiceBrown killed herself at her family home in Bedford, Texas, on May 9, 2007, shortly following her 41st birthday.

The death was a shock to fans of the series and to the children of Sur la Table, where Brown served as a cooking instructor. Speaking of her sister, Dr. Mary Brown told Pegasus News: "She was a delight. She was funny and sweet and worked really hard."

WithBrown and now Cernigliadeceased, Ramsay'sTV shows havehad two prior participants end their own lives. Ramsay has not been reached for comment regarding the recent tragedy.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter, PegausNews.com

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