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TV chef Anthony Sedlak's death blamed on suicidal overdose

05/06/2013 03:19 EDT | Updated 07/06/2013 05:12 EDT
Vancouver celebrity chef Anthony Sedlak, 29, died of a drug overdose after intentionally ingesting "excessive amounts of cocaine and oxycodone," according to a B.C. coroner's report.

His death was classified as a suicide by the coroner, in the report, which was completed on Dec. 12, 2012.

Sedlak was found dead in his North Vancouver, B.C., apartment last July 5. A statement issued by his family at the time said he collapsed from an undiagnosed medical condition.

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The young chef was best known as the host of Food Network Canada's The Main, a judge on Family Cook Off, as well as author of the national bestseller cookbook, The Main.

Sedlak's culinary career began in his teens, with completion of a specialized program and four-year apprenticeship in Vancouver. He was barely in his 20s before he had spent almost two years at Michelin Star-rated La Trompette, in London, England.

He was 23 when he won a silver medal representing Canada at the World Junior Chef Challenge in New Zealand, and just months later, he captured The Food Network's Superstar Chef Challenge.

One of his final projects involved reinventing the restaurants and room service menus at the Toronto Don Valley Hotel & Suites.

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