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Popular Japanese Chef Beaten to Death Over Noodle Dish

Image: Popular Japanese Chef Beaten to Death Over Noodle Dish Photo of chef Miki Nozawa's restaurant ‘Nazawa’ in Westerland on the German North Sea island of Sylt. Nozawa died Monday May 13, 2013 following a brawl with two customers at a nightclub near his restaurant.

By Megan Anderle   |   Thursday, 16 May 2013 01:30 PM

A popular Japanese chef has been killed in a dispute with two diners over a noodle dish on the German island of Sylt.

Miki Nozawa reportedly got into a dispute with two diners about a dish of fried noodles that contained beef and vegetables in it, according to the Christian Post.

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Nozawa was a famous chef who reportedly used to cook for Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev. He specialized in Japanese-Italian fusion food.

Nozawa suffered serious injuries and was rushed to a local hospital, said Ulrike Stahlmann-Liebelt, the senior public prosecutor from the nearby town of Flensburg, but the 57-year-old died from the injuries.

Officials were conducting an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death, authorities said on Tuesday, but unconfirmed reports suggested he died of a brain hemorrhage, according to Australia's Herald Sun.

Two suspects aged 50 and 36 were detained on suspicion of causing Nozawa's injuries, but they have been released due to lack of evidence, police said. The pair is still being questioned on a voluntary basis, according to the Herald Sun.

The pair is described as skilled workers but have not been identified in media reports.

The chef reportedly prepared the food for the two customers. When they received the dish, the pair complained that it had not been prepared to their satisfaction. They then demanded a complete refund and refused to pay.

The two customers then left the restaurant without paying, according to German publication Bild.

Later that night, the chef reportedly met up with the pair again at a local table dancing bar, and they got into another dispute about the dish, but this time, the altercation escalated significantly.

The chef reportedly took a serious blow to the head, which caused him brain injuries and internal bleeding.

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