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'Project Runway' Star Mychael Knight Dead At 39

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Mychael Knight, a former "Project Runway" finalist, is dead. He was 39.

Knight died on Oct. 17 in a Georgia hospital, where he had been getting treatment for intestinal issues, reports TMZ.

He first appeared on "Project Runway" in 2006, winning the Fan Favorite Award, reports the Daily Mail.

The popular fashion series is hosted by designer Tim Gunn and supermodel Heidi Klum.

Contestants on the show are supplied with a limited budget for materials, and given an extremely tight deadline to design and make their clothes.

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Their creations are judged by a panel of experts, and one or more designers are eliminated each week.

The finalists prepare a complete fashion collection for New York Fashion Week, from which a winner is determined.

After placing fourth in 2006, Knight returned in 2009 for "Project Runway: All Star Challenge."

In 2013, he was a contestant on the third season of "Project Runway: All Stars." 

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He also participated in a special competition against Daniel Vosovic and Santino Rice of season two, Jeffrey Sebelia and Uli Herzner of season three, Chris March and Sweet P of season four, and Korto Momolu of season five. Vosovic was crowned the winner, taking the $100,000 prize.

As a result of his "Project Runway" fame, Knight launched his own lines of clothing and lingerie. He also had his own fragrance brand, MajK.

On July 12, Knight revealed his health issues in a Twitter post:

For the past 5 years, I've been suffering from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). This year really taken a toll on my health…badly. In short, IBS is gastro-intestinal disorder in which the food I eat, my body doesn't absorbed (malabsorption) the nutrients from what I eat. In addition, b/c I have a "leaky gut," openings in my intestines, toxins from that food leak into my bloodstream, which can cause Autoimmune diseases (Diabetes, Lupus, Celiac Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis).

The "leaky gut" Knight referred to is presumably "Leaky Gut Syndrome," a theoretical condition that is popular among alternative health practitioners, according to the National Health Service in the United Kingdom.

One of the most popular alternative health practitioners who treats "Leaky Gut Syndrome" is Dr. Josh Axe, whose website identifies him as "a certified doctor of natural medicine, doctor of chiropractic and clinical nutritionist with a passion to help people get healthy by using food as medicine."

According to Axe, "Leaky Gut Syndrome" is caused by eating food with gluten, cow dairy, unsprouted grains, and GMOs. Symptoms include food allergies, skin diseases, and digestive issues like IBS.

"In order to repair leaky gut you must make specific diet changes and look to leaky gut syndrome natural cures," he says.

Sources: Daily Mail, National Health Service, Dr. Axe / Featured Image: David/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Ed Kavishe/ Commons, Mainstream/Flickr

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