Kerry Simon Dead: ‘Iron Chef’ Winner And ‘Rock N’ Roll’ Chef Had Been Battling MSA

Kerry Simon, the star of Iron Chef who was referred to as the “Rock ‘N’ Roll Chef,” has died at the age of 60 following a 24-month battle with MSA.

Simon, who was based in Las Vegas, died on September 11, 2 years after he’d begun his fight with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), a degenerative neurological disorder that degenerates nerve cells in the brain. This affects the individual’s ability to move, balance, and their autonomic functions, such as blood pressure regulation and bladder control.

Because of his battle with this disease, in the last few weeks before he died, Kerry Simon was confined to a wheelchair, while he was also unable to talk because of the incurable disease.

Writing in the Las Vegas Sun, Simon’s close friend and the host of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, Robin Leach, confirmed that Simon died at Nathan Adelson Hospice in North Las Vegas on Friday morning.

He went on to add that Simon’s business partner, as well as two Tibetan monks, visited the hospice and said prayers at his bedside as he succumbed. Leech then took to Twitter to continue his tribute:

Kerry Simon, who had restaurants in Harrah’s, Palms Place, and at Carson Kitchen in Las Vegas, originally found fame after Ivana Trump, then-wife of Donald Trump, appointed him as the executive chef at the Plaza Hotel’s Edwardian Room.

This led Simon to be given the nickname “Rock N’ Roll Chef” by Rolling Stone, via Haute Living, while he also catered for numerous rock stars throughout his career.

Kerry Simon went on to appear on Iron Chef America in its second season on the Food Network, back in 2005. He also made numerous appearances on Hell’s Kitchen in 2010.

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