‘Kitchen Nightmares’ Chef Joseph Cerniglia Allegedly Overdosed On Cocaine Before Taking His Own Life

Thu, September 30, 2010 6:27pm EDT by Add first Comment
Courtesy of Fox

Not only is Joseph the second chef from Gordon Ramsay’s reality show to commit suicide, it turns out he tried to take his life once before.

Joseph Cerniglia, 39, is now one of two troubled chefs who killed themselves, coincidentally after starring on one of Gordon Ramsay‘s reality television shows. Joseph, who was featured on Gordon’s Kitchen Nightmares in 2007, was found dead Sept. 24 in New York’s Hudson River, after jumping from the George Washington Bridge. But new reports in the New York Post reveal that Joseph also tried to end his life in July after allegedly overdosing on cocaine.

The Hackensack, NJ., police report states that Joseph was found “sweating profusely, shaking and in need of medical assistance.”

Joseph was immediately rushed to the Hackensack University Medical Center, and was later arrested for “being under the influence of narcotics.”

HollywoodLife.com spoke to a top media psychiatrist who revealed that many people chosen to appear on reality TV shows are known to be more unstable, because it almost guarantees more drama for the show.

“The people who are already very balanced and mature can handle the attention and pressures of reality TV. Unfortunately, these are the least likely people to be chosen to be on the show because they are the most boring,” Dr. Carole Lieberman explained.

Ironically and eerie to say the least, Gordon had told Joseph that his business was about to “swim down the Hudson.”

— Chloe Melas

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