Gifted chef, writer and storyteller, who brought into light and voiced different human conditions from around the world including culture and cuisine for over two decades, Anthony Bourdain has died at age 61.
Bourdain was in France working on an episode of his CNN series “Parts Unknown” with french chef and close friend Eric Ripert, when found unresponsive in his hotel room.
Commentary and condolences were given by Bourdain's friends, family, and workplace. “It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” said CNN in a statement, “ His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller...His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”
Anthony had been dating italian actress Asia Argento and had openly advocated for her as she went public about allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein. She wrote in a tweet, “Anthony gave all of himself in everything he did. His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds. He was my love, my rock, my protector. I am beyond devastated. My thoughts are with his family. I would ask that you respect their privacy and mine.”
Even current President Trump and Former President Obama had comments on the news, “I enjoyed his show,” said Trump, “He was quite a character.” Obama tweeted a picture of them from the small feature he had in one of Bourdain's episodes with the caption, “‘Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer.’ This is how i'll remember tony. He taught us about food-- but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together. To make us a little less afraid of the unknown. We’ll miss him.
I grew up with my grandparents as a child, therefore the food network was constantly on as well as the news. I have always had love for Anthony Bourdain and I hope that with his memory we can try and advocate for more awareness of depression and suicide. He was poised with class and exceptional taste. Someone as gracious and tolerant as him should pose as an example of why extending love is so important as well as getting help. Please get help if you have any suicidal ideation or depression with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1800-273-8255. Rest in Peace Anthony Bourdain.