Jonathan Gold’s Death
Jonathan Gold was diagnosed with cancer early in July 2018. He had not been public about his battle with pancreatic cancer or made an appearance since his diagnosis. The cancer spread quickly, as does most pancreatic cancer, and it was mid-July when the world became shocked by the sudden death of Jonathan Gold on July 21, 2018. Gold is survived by his wife Laurie Ochoa and children, Isabel and Leon. Not long after his death a GoFundMe campaign was started on July 24th, in hopes of easing the family’s financial burdens for his funeral and raising money for his children’s education fund. As of this day the GoFundMe campaign has raised over $185,000.
Jonathan Gold’s Legacy
Jonathan Gold was a vanguard among food critics, so much so that in 2015 a documentary called “City of Gold” was released. This documentary followed John Gold as he explored the wonders of food that Los Angeles had to offer. Gold’s impact will stay among restaurant owners and consumers alike, who trusted in the food critic to guide them around LA.
John Gold died a week before his 58th birthday. To honor his memory, on his birthday several buildings and landmarks in Los Angeles were lit in gold, some displaying his silhouette.
On August 26, 2018, Los Angeles unveiled Jonathan Gold’s new plaque and memorial site which was commemorated at Grand Central Market. Los Angeles Times arts and culture columnist, Carolina Miranda, hosted Sunday’s event. Gold’s friends, family, city officials, and hundreds of Angeleno’s gathered in Grand Park to honor Gold’s legacy.
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