Sad News: Randall Copeland Died Today

From Randall Copeland’s Facebook page.

I just saw the news over on Culture Map: Randall Copeland the popular chef and co-owner of Restaurant Ava and Boulevardier died in his sleep early this morning. He was 39. According to Teresa Gubbins, the cause of death is unknown. What a sad day. Our hearts and thoughts go out to his family and friends. His soul will be missed.

UPDATE: Official statement from Brooks Anderson, co-owner of Boulevardier.

Early this morning Nathan, Bradley and I were informed of the tragic news that our friend and business partner, Randall Copeland passed away in his sleep last night. At this time, no further information of Randall’s untimely passing is known. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and extended network of friends in the chef community and beyond.

RIP Big Cat. You will be sorely missed.

UPDATE: Brooks Anderson says he is working on putting together a fundraiser for Randall Copeland. More details soon. If you would like to be contacted about event, leave your name below or email me.