Hell's Kitchen beauty Jessica Vogel secretly battled drugs and alcohol in an inpatient rehab facility just before her sudden death, RadarOnline.com has learned.
In an obituary for a local New Jersey news site, the reality star chef, 34, had been battling "drugs and alcohol," her family admitted.
"In these difficult times, there is immense pressure on young people to stand out in a world where the intimate details of our lives are made public in blogs and on Facebook," the family wrote. "This took a toll on Jessica and over the years she would escape to drugs and alcohol."
Her family explained Vogel had attempted to get help for those struggles in rehab — but it was tragically too late for her.
"She recently committed to living a better life and had graduated from an inpatient rehabilitation program with hopes of regaining control of her life," the obituary continued. "Unfortunately, the damage done over the years was too great and she died, like she lived, a fighter."
"She wants the message left behind not to be 'sex, drugs and Foie Gras,' but rather the importance of appreciating your talents, always working hard to improve, but to never forget that it is the loving heart that truly changes the world. She leaves behind her family who miss her dearly."
In 2017, Vogel appeared to have written about her experience with alcohol in a now-deleted Medium post.
"I'm weeks away from 34 years old and got told I drink too much and have cirrhosis," she wrote. "Did it stop me from pouring shots of alcohol? Nope. Did my lifestyle of sex, drugs and foie gras come to a born again Christian revelation? F**k that noise. Life is a blaze of glory. I don't know if you want an adventure tale, but I'm here and ready to tell. My name is Jess and I've lived to tell about it. To be continued..."
The famous chef passed away on Monday at a hospital near her residence in Westwood, New Jersey.
Her fiance, John Michael Keyser, told nj.com that she was being treated for colitis when "her heart gave out."
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