Chef, TV host, And Cultural Icon Anthony Bourdain Has Died At 61
Here's how the cultural icon's friends, colleagues, and admirers are reacting to the news of his death.
Anthony Bourdain, world-renowned chef, author, and television host, has died at age 61 of an apparent suicide, CNN reports. From CNN:
"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," the network said in a statement Friday morning. "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."
Bourdain was reportedly in France filming an episode of his CNN Show, Parts Unknown.
The network issued a statement on Twitter following the news of Bourdain's death.
After years working in restaurants, Bourdain published Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, an honest and darkly comic look at the culinary world, in 2000. It became a New York Times bestseller, and Bourdain became a celebrity, the "Elvis of bad boy chefs," as the Smithsonian call him.
Bourdain made the jump to television in 2002 with A Cook's Tour on the Food Network. In 2005, he started filming No Reservations for the Travel Channel, which won two Emmy awards and had more than a dozen nominations. Bourdain later moved to CNN and started filming Parts Unknown, which shared a similar format. Through its 11 seasons, Bourdain took viewers to Russia to dine with a Russian opposition politician and to Hanoi, Vietnam, to eat noodles with Barack Obama. He had a seemingly insatiable appetite for adventure, which he imparted on his fans.
This past year, Bourdain was also a vocal critic of Harvey Weinstein, fiercely championing the women who came forward with stories of Weinstein's sexual misconduct. One of those women was his girlfriend Asia Argento, an Italian actress and director.
After the news broke, tributes on social media from his CNN colleagues, food writers, chefs he had worked with and other celebrities honoring his life with memories began flooding Twitter. Here's how they remembered him:
He brought such joy and escape to so many. This is too hard to understand. May he have peace now. https://t.co/lDz58GseI5— Erin Burnett (@ErinBurnett) June 8, 2018
Anthony Bourdain, a gifted storyteller and writer who took CNN viewers around the world, has died. He was 61. We have live coverage on CNN now.— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) June 8, 2018
Oh my God @Bourdain has taken his life. People are in unmanageable pain. This is my wake up call today. We have to help those who cannot help themselves.— Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) June 8, 2018
Truly devastated about @Bourdain. I have no words. Please if you need help, reach out. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps) June 8, 2018
I knew Anthony Bourdain. Not well, but in some weird, kind ways, and I am gutted. Please, please, please be kind to yourself and one another. Restaurant folks, @chefswithissues is here to support you if you need. https://t.co/D6YqQnCWK7— Kat Kinsman (@kittenwithawhip) June 8, 2018
Damn it, Tony.— Adam Richman (@AdamRichman) June 8, 2018
I’ll always love you, pal.
Always be grateful.
Never gonna stop wondering why, though.
My heart is with you, wherever you are. Sending strength to your daughter.
Thank you, thank you - a thousand thousand thank you’s for everything.@Bourdain
I was at one of those dumb parties where everyone you talk to is scanning the room for someone more famous to talk to. Awful. I stepped outside to find a lil corner to hide in and Anthony Bourdain was already in the corner. I said “I came here to hide” he said...— Ashley Nicole Black (@ashleyn1cole) June 8, 2018
Stunned and saddened by the loss of Anthony Bourdain. He brought the world into our homes and inspired so many people to explore cultures and cities through their food. Remember that help is a phone call away US:1-800-273-TALK UK: 116 123— Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) June 8, 2018
According to AFSP, there are nearly 45,000 suicides every year in the US. Shocking. I was saddened to hear of the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. RIP. It illustrates that success is not immune to depression. We all need to be more aware of our friends who are suffering— Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) June 8, 2018
Anthony. One of my idols. Unapologetic, passionate and one of the best storytellers on the planet. Thank you for making food so exciting. And always standing up for everything right. Horrible. Why why why. Be at peace now :(— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 8, 2018
The world has lost a great adventurer and storyteller. Our thoughts are with his loved ones.
From: Esquire US