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Chef had died of heart disease

The death of Scott McLeod, the chef at Alma de Cuba, was attributed to heart disease, according to the city medical examiner's office.

The death of Scott McLeod, the chef at Alma de Cuba, was attributed to heart disease, according to the city medical examiner's office, which cited "natural causes."

Frantic co-workers found McLeod, 41, unresponsive in a locked restroom at the posh Latin restaurant near Rittenhouse Square during dinner service Sunday night. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

McLeod was known as a friendly, heavily tattooed chef (and workout fiend) whose versatility got him raves in top-flight Latin kitchens (such as Pasion, Cuba Libre and Alma de Cuba).

He also won two bells from The Inquirer's Craig LaBan for his work at Denim Lounge, and had a turn as an owner of Fresca Superior, an ahead-of-its-time pizzeria on Walnut Street near 20th Street.

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