Maxcel Hardy, Detroit

Chef Maxcel Hardy, a Detroit culinary leader known for his commitment to community and fighting hunger, died Monday at age 40, a representative for the family said.

The cause of death was not immediately known. Family spokesman David Rudolph confirmed his death to The Detroit News early Tuesday.

COOP Carribean Fusion Chef Max Hardy, of Detroit poses inside the Detroit Shipping Co., Friday, Sept. 17, 2021.

“The family is asking Detroit for prayers and privacy at this time,” said Rudolph, adding that he recently spoke to Hardy. The chef was looking forward to the opening of his long-awaited seafood restaurant What’s Crackin’ in Detroit, Rudolph said, and for the spotlight the upcoming NFL Draft was going to shine on the city’s food scene.