On Friday, June 8th, 2018, the world woke to terrible news that one of the greatest chefs on television had died. Anthony Bourdain was found dead in his apartment. He was 61 years old.
Anthony Bourdain was known for his love of food, culture, and storytelling. As a real chef, he starred on three hit shows: “A Cook’s Tale,” “Parts Unknown” and “No Reservations,” and he’s been captivating people around the world for the last decade with his love for food and satire. In each of his shows, Anthony spotlighted foods and lifestyles from around the world.
Anthony was known for the unique way that he approached food; in a 2013 acceptance speech for the Peabody award, Anthony confessed that the secret to his successful storytelling: "We ask very simple questions: What makes you happy? What do you eat? What do you like to cook? And everywhere in the world we go and ask these very simple questions...We tend to get some really astonishing answers."
Anthony, or Tony as his friends called him, was in France working on an upcoming episode of the CNN series "Parts Unknown." His friend and fell chef, Eric Ripert, found Tony unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning.
As of now, no note has been confirmed. However, the president of CNN tearfully confirmed the heartbreaking news to his employees on Friday: “Tony was an exceptional talent… Tony will be greatly missed not only for his work but also for the passion with which he did it."
Following the email, loved ones and fans alike took to social media where the news swirled.
Fans were shocked to learn the devastating reality of Anthony, especially in the midst of two other massively influential suicides in the same week. Kate Spade died on Tuesday, May 5th, and Queen Maxima of the Netherland’s little sister Ines, died on May 7th. All three deaths have been confirmed suicides.
Anthony Bourdain will be missed around the world for his passion for food and people and resilient and spunky personality.
Please pray for Anthony’s family and friends during this tragic time. And please, if you are battling with thoughts of depression or suicide, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Please pray!
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