Famed Chicago Chef Charlie Trotter has died, according to the Chicago Fire Department.
Officials say Trotter was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition Tuesday morning.
The 54-year old later died at the hospital.
We’re also learning that police are expecting to stage a death investigation at Trotter’s house.
Trotter was one of the first so-called celebrity chefs in Chicago, opening his self-titled restaurant in Lincoln Park in 1987.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued the following statement following news of Trotter’s death:
“Charlie Trotter changed Chicago’s restaurant scene forever and played a leading role in elevating the city to the culinary capital it is today. Charlie’s personality mirrored his cooking – bold, inventive and always memorable. Charlie Trotter will be remembered for serving the finest food and his generous philanthropy, and he will always have a seat at the table among Chicago’s legendary figures.”
Celebrity chefs took to Twitter to express their condolences:
CHARLIE TROTTER: chef, mentor, trailblazer, philosopher, artist, teacher, leader. He now belongs to the ages.—
GRAHAM ELLIOT (@grahamelliot) November 05, 2013
God bless Chef Charlie Trotter's family.Chicago and America lost a bright lightXOArt and Jesus—
Chef Art Smith (@ChefArtSmith) November 05, 2013
Sorry to hear of the passing of Chef Charlie Trotter. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.—
Tom Colicchio (@tomcolicchio) November 05, 2013
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