Coroner: Joshua Ozersky Drowned During Seizure

A truly tragic accident.

According to a medical examiner’s report, renowned food critic Joshua Ozersky—who was found dead in his Chicago hotel room early this month—drowned in the shower after suffering a seizure.

Ozersky was a well-respected food critic who was known for his wit and blunt critiques. He was the founding editor of New York’s Grub Street and his work appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Daily News, Food & Wine, Time and more. He also served as Esquire’s restaurant editor-at-large.

Ozersky was in Chicago covering the James Beard awards. He was 47 years old.