New Jersey, March 27 -- : Floyd Cardoz an influential chef of Indian heritage died on Wednesday morning of complications from the coronavirus in New Jersey, at the age of 59.

In a statement to several media outlets Cardoz' company in India, Hunger Inc. Hospitality announced that he died from complications from COVID-19 on Wednesday at Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, N.J.

On March 17, Cardoz shared that he returned to the US for medical treatment on March 8, writing that he was "feeling feverish."

US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) Alice Wells paid tribute to Cardoz, calling him the 'ultimate culinary diplomat.'

"Sad to hear of the passing of acclaimed Indian-American chef @FloydCardoz, the ultimate culinary diploma...