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A New GoFundMe Is Raising Money For Jonathan Gold’s Family

The fundraiser launched on Tuesday, with proceeds going to Gold’s wife and children

Farley Elliott
Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

As the world reels from the death of Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles writer Robert Abele set up a GoFundMe campaign to help Gold’s immediate family with financial assistance. Gold died on Saturday from pancreatic cancer and is survived by his wife Laurie Ochoa, their 23-year-old daughter Isabel, and 15-year-old son Leon.

The $50,000 crowdfunding campaign began yesterday and has already raised, at the time of this article’s publication, nearly $9,000. According to the fundraiser page, Gold’s death left a sudden financial impact on the family, and all donations will be used for immediate expenses, as well as the children’s education. So far, there’s no public information about a memorial service or funeral for Gold.

Abele wrote the following GoFundMe description, and detailed what the funds will be used for:

Jonathan Gold’s sudden death at 57, mere weeks after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, dealt a concussive blow to Los Angeles, the international food community, his many friends and a legion of devoted readers. But it stunned and devastated his family with whom he shared so many adventures —his wife, Laurie Ochoa; their 23-year old daughter Isabel and 15-year old son Leon. Jonathan loved being a food critic but he loved his family more, and though they are a valiant trio, his death has unmoored them in many ways, including financial. Contributions will help them cover immediate expenses and provide for Izzy and Leon’s education.

Jonathan Gold fundraiser
The Jonathan Gold GoFundMe campaign