A world-renowned Japanese chef passed away this week after being brutally attacked by two men who had apparently left his restaurant unsatisfied.

Miki Nozawa, whose sought after Japanese-Italian fusion dishes have been served to the likes of Mikhail Gorbachev and Denzel Washington, had reportedly suffered a cerebral hemorrhage at the hands of two German patrons of his popular eponymous restaurant in the resort island of Sylt.

The altercation allegedly started after the two men, aged 36 and 50, ordered a beef, vegetable and fried noodle dish, but refused to pay, finding the meal not to their liking.

Later that evening, Nozawa ran into the duo again at a stripclub, and asked them to pay the €20 they owed him for the food.

Refusing for a second time, the inebriated men and Nozawa again began to quarrel and the heated verbal exchange eventually turned physical.

The German newspaper Bild reports that Nowaza sustained a "big purple bruise" on the left side of his body, and was rushed to a local hospital with massive internal bleeding.

Doctors fought for his life, but he ultimately succumbed to his injuries.

According to at least one report, the men, described as "skilled laborers" by trade, were detained following the fight, but "released due to lack of evidence."

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Before moving to Sylt, Nozawa was the head chef at Flavio Briatore's Billionaire Club in Sardinia.

[H/T: tomuban, photo via Bild]