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People take photos of flowers placed outside K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. The proprietor, famed New Orleans Chef Paul Prudhomme, passed away Thursday. He was 75. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Celebrity chef Paul Prudhomme, Cajun who popularized spicy Louisiana cuisine, dies at 75

Paul Prudhomme, the Cajun who popularized spicy Louisiana cuisine and became one of the first American restaurant chefs to achieve worldwide fame, died Thursday. Tiffanie Roppolo, the CFO of Prudhomme's businesses, told The Associated Press that he died early Thursday after a brief illness. Prudhomme became prominent in the early 1980s, soon after opening K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen, a French Qua…