Joshua Ozersky had been taking medication for epilepsy since childhood.

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CHICAGO — Joshua Ozersky, the food writer who died suddenly May 4, drowned in the shower in his room at the Conrad Chicago hotel, according to final autopsy results from the Cook County, Ill., medical examiner.

The drowning took place during a seizure, said Frank Shuftan, a spokesman for the medical examiner’s office. Ozersky, 47, had been taking medication for epilepsy since childhood, said his widow, Danit Lidor.

Ozersky, known for his witty and snarky writing generally focused on his obsession with meat, was in Chicago for the James Beard Foundation Awards.

The medical examiner’s office announced the cause of death Wednesday.

Ozersky was a food writer for Esquire and a frequent contributor to other publications, including The Wall Street Journal and Food & Wine magazine. He also was founding editor of New York Magazine’s Grub Street blog.

He was born in Miami and first leaned toward an academic career, but his love of food drew him to New York City in the 1990s, when he began writing the opinionated, unapologetic, passionate columns that made him one of the best-known food writers in the country.

He was on the awards committee for this year’s Beard Foundation Awards, which honor top chefs.