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Shock over sudden death of Mama D's Kitchen owner after short illness

The chef's sudden death was confirmed on the eatery's Facebook page.

Mama D's Kitchen at Minneapolis' Midtown Global Market is closed after the eatery's owner and chef died suddenly following a short battle with an "aggressive" cancer.

Destiny Brook had been running her soul food business since the mid-90s, opening initially as a catering company, before entering the south Minneapolis food hall in early 2018.

Last week, it was announced that the kitchen would be closed until further notice, with the reason later revealed to be the sudden death of Brook, who passed away a few weeks after "discovering an aggressive form of cancer."

A statement on the eatery's Facebook page said staff are "in shock and saddened."

A GoFundMe campaign set up to cover funeral and medical expenses described her as a "thriving entrepreneur, restaurateur, mother, wife, friend and community activist."

"Destiny owned and operated Mama D's Kitchen, the first soul food restaurant located inside of the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis, Minnesota," the page says.

"She was known for her exuberant smile, energetic spirit, and delectable cuisine," it adds. "She filled the hearts and stomachs of all her customers with good down-home soul food and genuine vibes. Anyone who knows Destiny can attest to her go-getter attitude and through her business, Destiny employed local youth and provided jobs for many in the community."

As well as her food stand being closed until further notice, Mama D's planned tenure at this year's Minnesota State Fair has also been canceled.

She had been selected as one of two vendors from the Midtown Global Market to share a stall over the 12-day festival.

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