Fatima Ali, 29 years old, died on January 25, when she was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer, Ewing's sarcoma, in 2017. Ali had documented her experience with cancer on her Instagram account, where she had 169,000 followers.
Late on Friday evening, Ali's family shared a photo collage with a statement to all their fans.
"Fatima was at our house, surrounded by her beloved and beloved cats, Mr. Meow, when she left us early in the morning," began the caption. "When someone as bright and young and alive as our dad passes by, the only metaphor seems to be that of a star – a beacon in the dark, a light that guides us to make wishes and to weave dreams all the comfort and beauty that they offer us, the stars are fickle, and this morning a great one was blown out. "
The statement went on thanking their fans and supporters and encouraging them to" live [their] like this to live as it was ̵
Ali participated in Bravo's reality series "Top Chef" in his fifteenth season and was voted fan favorite. Her Pakistani style of cooking brought her far into the series until she was eliminated in the ninth episode. Prior to her casting on Top Chef, Ali was the first Pakistani woman to win Food Network's own reality series Chopped.
Following her first cancer diagnosis in 2017, Ali underwent surgery in early 2018 to remove a tumor from the shoulder. The doctors soon after declared her cancer free, but the disease returned at the end of the year.
She took a break from social media, where she was active, sharing photos and updates about her time in and out of hospitals. On January 10, Ali updated her followers and confirmed her absence.
"I am ill and unfortunately I am getting sicker," she wrote. "At the moment I only need prayers, prayers that are simple."
That was the last post shared by Ali on Instagram. Now her family's message has been shared with her followers, along with a final comment added below the photo.
In this commentary, Ali's family shares the last thing she told them before she died.
"Fati's last message to us, before she said goodbye, was that we should only have room in our hearts to offer love, compassion and forgiveness – everything else is just taking place," said the statement. "So much love for everyone – take care of yourself and others around you, do not hesitate to express your love or follow your dreams, you never know what tomorrow will be."
You can read the full statement of Ali's family below:
Fatima was at our house, surrounded by her beloved and beloved cats, Mr. Meow, as she left us early in the morning. When someone as bright and young and alive as our dad passes by, the only metaphor seems to be that of a star – a beacon in the dark, a light that guides us to make desires and weave dreams. With all the comfort and beauty that they offer us, even stars are unstable. This morning a great one was stolen.
Although she is no longer with us, her spirit will continue to control us. We hope that you too will listen to their lessons: live your life just like you – to the fullest. Follow your passion. Spreading love and joy; be kind and forgiving; be generous; Enjoy every bite – from simple street food to decadent restaurants. Cook for the people you love. Travel the world and seek adventure. Help others and do not be afraid to take the path less. Fatima will always be part of us, and if you look deeply enough, you can find your own inner Fati. If you are lucky enough to find her there, trust her, listen to her, because she will change your life for the better.
We have learned a great deal in the course of her illness, not just pragmatic lessons that we wish we did not have to learn about her illness and health care system, but also about the immense love that people are capable of. the power to be true to oneself; about how we can be better when we look for someone like her.
We would like to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts. We are infinitely grateful for the infinite support, love and generosity that people show on the way – of random strangers we meet on the street, who would tell them how much they admire and respect them; to all her doctors and nurses who did their best; the chefs and friends of hospitality who now belong to our extended family; and the big wigs that stretched out to see how she could make her dreams come true. For all of us, this was a truly humiliating experience, and even in her last chapter, when she started to leave us, Fatima showed us how to live.
It's still too early to imagine what's coming next – without them – and the planning seems to be overrated – but we want everyone to know we're planning to keep Fatima's memory alive and the legacy that she leaves behind to meet. There is much to do – the waves she has caused in her short life have an impulse that we hope will continue to feed.
Fati's last message to us was, before she said goodbye, that we should only have room for love, compassion and forgiveness in our hearts – everything else just takes its place. So much love for all people – take care of yourself and others around you, do not hesitate to express your love or to follow your dreams, you never know what tomorrow will be. With all our love. Fatis Family #f — cancer
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