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Monday, September 27, 2010

Body found in Hudson is identified as reality-TV series chef Joseph Cerniglia

A body found floating inthe Hudson River near W. 145th St. has been identified as that of a North Jersey chef and restaurateur once featured on Gordon Ramsay's "Kitchen Nightmares" reality-TV series, police said Sunday night.

Joseph Cerniglia, 39, of Wayne, the chef-owner of Campania, a restaurant in Fair Lawn, N.J., was pulled from the water about 3 p.m. Friday. The cause of death isunder investigation, but "no criminality" is suspected, authorities said.

Police responded to a 911 call of a body floating in the river on Friday afternoon, not long after another caller reported seeing a man jump from the George Washington Bridge.

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