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Yacht chef dies in Lauderdale hotel room

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Chef Kai Rasinen was found dead on Oct. 24, 2011 in Ft. Lauderdale of unknown causes. He was 34.


There were no suspicious circumstances in the extended-stay hotel room on Southeast 17th Street where he lived and was found, said Ft. Lauderdale Police Detective D.J. DeJesus. 


“Kai was a wonderful chef and a gentle soul,” Chef Victoria Allman said. “He took my place on M/Y Blue Moon when I left and I know he did a fabulous job. His food was loved by the owner and crew.”


Mr. Rasinen also worked on M/Y Roxana, M/Y Paraffin and M/Y Plan B, among others, said Capt. Ian Westman.


“He was a gentle, peaceful person who always wanted to please those around him,” Westman said. “Strangely, when we first met him, he worked onboard with us as a deckhand and we actually had no idea he was a chef. But, I must say, he was one of the keenest, most hard-working deckies I ever had.”


“I was in shock at the news,” said Chief Stew Carrie Kurka of M/Y Areti. “Kai has always been such a fun, happy, courteous friend. It is sad to lose him.”


DeJesus said hotel managers were called Monday when Mr. Rasinen did not pay for his Sunday and Monday stay. Phone records indicate he ordered Chinese food Sunday evening, but it was found Monday uneaten.


Mr. Rasinen’s father, contacted in Finland, told police that his son had had a kidney transplant and had received kidney treatment since he was 12 years old.


Anyone who spent time with Mr. Rasinen in the final days of his life is encouraged to call DeJesus at +1 954-621-8160.


A memorial has been planned for Sunday at 11 a.m. at the pier near John U. Lloyd State Park in Dania Beach. Friends are asked to bring a beverage in a plastic container to toast Kai and a flower to throw in his honor.

For questions or directions, e-mail Kurka at


“It’s a great loss to all to lose friends so young,” Westman said.

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