A beloved local food critic and radio/TV host has passed away. Ed Hitzel was somewhat of an authority on South Jersey cuisine.

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Hitzel reportedly died from a massive heart attack Monday night. Sources say he may have dining at a local Maplewood restaurant, but there are conflicting reports as to whether Hitzel collapsed at the establishment.

Table for One with Ed Hitzel aired Saturday on WOND-AM.

For years Hitzel has given his two cents on area restaurants, his opinions highly revered. If a restaurant, chef or dish got Hitzel stamp of approval, it had to be good. He'll be missed.

We'll update you on this story as more details become available.