An up-and-coming St. Paul chef died suddenly last week after coming down with the flu.
Kyle Bell died in the early hours of Friday morning at the age of 32 after battling the flu, according to a GoFundMe page created to help his family.
He was the executive chef at Forepaugh's Restaurant on Exchange Street in St. Paul, where he had worked for more than 5 years.
He was also a father to two young children, 3-year-old daughter Stormy and 3-month-old son Maurice, and also leaves behind his wife Sarah.
"At 32 years old, you never expect this to happen," his uncle, Christopher Bell, wrote on GoFundMe.
"He was first and foremost a father ... and he was with them both [his children] until the moment he left us.
"He was a fiercely devoted husband, father, son, brother, nephew and friend."
Forepaugh's announced Bell's death on its Facebook page, saying "we were blessed with Kyle's passion, calm demeanor, leadership, resilience and craft (and Asian sliders!)."
The GoFundMe campaign has so far raised more than $5,000 for his family.