In 2008 I interned on a TV program called The Main, which was hosted by a young and energetic chef named Anthony Sedlak. We were filming the third and fourth seasons of his cooking show in Toronto. In the four months that I spent there, I became close to several members of the crew – including Tony. I made him his lemon tea almost every morning and otherwise assisted him when needed. My fellow intern Erin and I watched him pull (harmless) pranks on a couple of the guys in the office. We watched them hide his blackberry in the ceiling. All in all it was a fantastic experience and one that I will remember for the rest of my life.
On July 9, 2012, media outlets everywhere reported that Anthony had passed away a few days earlier. Apparently he had succumbed to an undiagnosed medical condition. The news was a genuine shock to everyone, or at least everyone I spoke to. Although I hadn’t kept in touch with him since I saw him in 2009, I was upset by the news. The death of any young person is a tragedy… and those feelings of sadness are only amplified if you have spent any amount of time with them.
I can’t quite wrap my head around the idea that this young man, who had so much potential and opportunity ahead of him, is gone forever. I can only hope that he is in a better place now. My condolences to his friends and family.