MasterChef Finalist Commits Suicide
Marks’ mother, Paulette Mitchell, said her son was hit hard by his recent diagnosis of schizophrenia following a diagnosis of bipolar disorder earlier this year.
“He couldn’t bear the thought of another diagnosis,” Mitchell told the paper.”He was just coming to accept the diagnosis of bipolar.”
The self-taught chef was ordered to undergo a mental health assessment in August to determine if he was mentally fit to stand trial after he was accused of attacking a cop at the University of Chicago.
Months before his arrest, Marks revealed his difficulties with mental illness in a video for the “Make a Sound Project, “an organization dedicated to helping people struggling with suicidal thoughts.
“He wouldn’t hurt anybody,” Marks’ mother said. “But he hurt himself.”