Taiwanese celebrity chef Jimmy Chang dies at age 69

Chang said to have been favorite among industrialists and politicians

Celebrity chef Jimmy Chang.

Celebrity chef Jimmy Chang. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Celebrity chef Jimmy Chang (張振民) died on Sunday (Feb. 2), his friends confirmed to CNA.

However, there were conflicting reports about what caused the chef's death. CNA cited friends of the 69-year-old chef as saying that Chang, the founder of the French restaurant chain Chez Jimmy, suffered out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and died at the hospital after receiving an emergency treatment that lasted for 15 minutes.

Chang’s friends also told the news agency that the chef probably suffered a stroke or myocardial infarction late at night.

Meanwhile, Commercial Times reported that Chang, a favorite chef among industrialists and politicians, died of an intracranial hemorrhage sustained in a fall. However, China Times reported that Chang died following a fall at home and that he had reportedly told his family that he felt heart discomfort moments before he collapsed.

The medical examiner's office has initially determined that Chang died of heart disease, according to China Times.