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Anthony Bourdain, the chef who grew to become a world-traveling storyteller, has died at age 61, according to CNN.
He died in France whereas engaged on an episode of his CNN present, “Parts Unknown.” Bourdain was discovered unresponsive in his resort room by a detailed good friend, chef Eric Ripert, on Friday morning, CNN stated. The reason for his dying was suicide.
In an announcement, the community stated:
“It is with extraordinary disappointment we are able to verify the dying of our good friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain. His love of nice journey, new buddies, wonderful foods and drinks and the outstanding tales of the world made him a singular storyteller. His skills by no means ceased to amaze us and we are going to miss him very a lot. Our ideas and prayers are along with his daughter and household at this extremely tough time.”
Bourdain was greatest identified for his journey exhibits, wherein he informed the tales of individuals and cultures all over the world by the meals they ate. “Parts Unknown” was the most recent in that collection. Since premiering in 2013, this system has gained 5 Emmy awards, and a Peabody.
As information of Bourdain’s dying unfold on Friday morning, those that knew him and his work reacted with disappointment and shock.
“Anthony was a pricey good friend,” Ripert told the New York Times. “He was an distinctive human being, so inspiring and beneficiant. One of the nice storytellers of our time who related with so many. I want him peace. My love and prayers are along with his household, buddies and family members.”
Italian actress Asia Argento, who had been Bourdain’s long-time girlfriend, said in a statement posted on Twitter: “Anthony gave all of of himself in every little thing that he did. His good, fearless spirit touched and impressed so many, and his generosity knew no bounds. he was my love, my rock, my protector. I’m past devastated. My ideas are along with his household. I might ask that you just respect their privateness and mine.”
In 2016, President Barack Obama dined with Bourdain in Hanoi for an episode of this system. They sat on plastic stools in a family-run restaurant, consuming bun cha, a dish particular to Hanoi.
“I believe it’s very unhappy. I wish to prolong to his household my heartfelt condolences,” stated President Trump as he left the White House Friday morning. “I loved his present. He was fairly a personality.”
The tributes from famed cooks and others touched by Bourdain’s work flooded Twitter.
“You nonetheless had so many locations to point out us, whispering to our souls the nice prospects past what we might see with our personal eyes,” chef José Andrés tweeted. “You solely noticed magnificence in all individuals. You will at all times journey with me.”
In latest months, Bourdain had emerged as an ally for the #MeToo motion, as his girlfriend, Argento came forward to accuse disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of rape. He acknowledged that he had contributed to the restaurant trade’s “meathead tradition” and promoted the tales of Argento and different girls.
Rose McGowan, who has additionally accused Weinstein of rape, posted a collection of tweets mourning Bourdain’s dying on Friday morning. “You have been so liked, the world isn’t higher with out you,” she wrote in one.
Bourdain’s suicide comes days after designer Kate Spade’s, which has prompted psychological well being and suicide prevention organizations to induce people to achieve out.
“We’re saddened to listen to of the tragic lack of Anthony Bourdain,” the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline posted on social media. “Please know you’re by no means alone, regardless of how darkish or lonely issues could appear. If you’re struggling, attain out: name 1-800-273-TALK (8255). We’re right here for you, 24/7/365.”
“It’s additionally vital to know warning indicators and danger elements for suicide, that method you may higher help others,” reads a tweet from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Those warning signs include making threats or feedback about killing oneself, social withdrawal and elevated alcohol and drug use.
Bourdain was already a cultural phenomenon earlier than shifting to CNN. “Parts Unknown” was preceded by “No Reservations,” on the Travel Channel. But it was Bourdain’s writing that first cemented his place as a storyteller.
His 1999 New Yorker article, “Don’t Eat Before Reading This,” introduced readers into the New York kitchens the place Bourdain labored for years. A 12 months later, the article grew to become the best-selling ebook “Kitchen Confidential.”
In 2002, as Bourdain grew to become a world celeb, he defined in a reside Washington Post chat what it was like to maneuver from “chef” to “celeb chef.
“No one’s extra confused by the celeb chef factor than cooks. The concept that cooks are intercourse symbols can be hilarious to anybody who’s ever dated one or been married to at least one,” Bourdain wrote. “We odor of smoked salmon and garlic, we have now beef fats underneath our fingernails, we keep out late, drink an excessive amount of, are by no means house and once we are house are comotose [sic], distracted and unsightly. Is that horny?”
Bourdain additionally grew to become a vocal advocate for Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, who was imprisoned by Iranian officers for 544 days. Rezaian’s forthcoming memoir was acquired by Bourdain, who had an imprint with Ecco, a division of HarperCollins.
The CNN host interviewed Rezaian and his spouse, journalist Yeganeh Salehi, in Iran for a 2014 “Parts Unknown” episode. Weeks later, the couple was arrested.
“This great couple is a hazard to nobody,” Bourdain wrote in a Post column on the time. “They are no one’s enemy. They are with out blame or malice.”
Although Bourdain was a star chef, he was additionally identified for drawing out and telling the tales of different individuals.
“What I do isn’t sophisticated,” Bourdain told the New York Times in 2005. “Any stranger who exhibits an trustworthy curiosity about what the locals suppose is the most effective meals goes to be welcomed. When you eat their meals and also you appear joyful, individuals sitting round a desk open up and attention-grabbing issues occur.”
John Wagner contributed to this report.