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Former 'Hell's Kitchen 2' contestant Rachel Brown found dead in home

By Christopher Rocchio, 05/21/2007 

Rachel Brown, a 41-year-old personal chef who competed on the second season of Fox's Hell's Kitchen, was reportedly found dead in her family home in Bedford, TX on Wednesday, May 9.

"She was a delight," Rachel's sister Dr. Mary Brown told the Dallas Voice, a Dallas gay and lesbian community publication that reported the death in its May 18 edition.  "She was funny and sweet and worked really hard."

Brown, a caterer, personal chef and cooking instructor, was the sixth culinary competitor eliminated from last summer's Hell's Kitchen edition.  However Brown returned for the show's finale, where she was selected by Heather West to work as part of her kitchen crew during the second season's final challenge. 

West eventually won the competition with some help from Brown and the other members of her kitchen staff.

Dr. Brown told the Voice that her sister's death is currently under investigation.  Her body was cremated earlier last week and a memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, May 26 in Hurst, TX, according to the Voice, which added Brown was survived by her girlfriend.

(Photo credit Fox)

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