By Sally Garcia, EnStarz | Jul 10, 2012 10:41 AM EDT
Celebrity chef Anthony Sedlak passed away, Food Network Canada announced. He was 29.
The young Canadian chef died abruptly Friday from an undiagnosed medical condition and his body was found in his apartment, according to a report by the Associated Press citing a statement released by his family.
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"We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Anthony's family during this difficult time," Food Network Canada wrote in a message on its website Monday. "His passing is a terrible loss and he will be sadly missed by all of us at Food Network."
Sedlak's family will hold a private funeral service in Vancouver where he had co-opened his latest restaurant, The American Cheesesteak Co., according to the network's statement.
News that Sedlak died broke early Monday as many of his coworkers and fans poured their condolences throughout social media.
"I am heartbroken. Anthony, Kim and I became insta-family during our filming of Family Cook-Off. He had an infectious enthusiam and we had so much fun working together and doing what we love to do. Anthony was a passionate cook and knew his stuff. And he loved to do TV. But mostly, he loved his family and buddies and we miss him greatly. My thoughts are with his family," Trish Magwood, of Family Cook-Off wrote on the network's website.
"In shock and deeply saddened over the sudden death of my friend, Anthony Sedlak. My thoughts are with his family and all who loved him," wrote Kim D'Eon of Family Cook-Off on Twitter.
"The last time I saw Anthony, he was on the line at his CheeseSteak restaurant in Vancouver doing what he loved to do shortly after it opened. There was a huge lineup and you could tell he was having fun and very proud," wrote Roger Mooking, host of "Heat Seekers" in the statement released by Food Network.
Sedlak was the host of "The Main" on Food Network Canada and wrote a cookbook with the same name which made him a bestselling author in just nine months, according to the network. He was also a judge on "Family Cook-Off".
Sedlak won silver representing Canada at the World Junior Chef Challenge in New Zealand when he was 23-years-old. Months later he won Food Network's Superstar Chef Challenge before he went on to host his own show.
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