It’s only been a week since the death of another celebrity, Kate Space who committed suicide by hanging herself in her apartment. Now today we wake up to the news that chef, travel host and storyteller Anthony Bourdain has committed suicide in France. Bourdain was there filming upcoming episodes for his show “Parts Unknown.” His close friend Eric Ripert, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room.
CNN issued a statement,
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain. 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.”
A spokesperson for the United States Embassy in Paris also confirmed his death. “We can confirm the death of Anthony Bourdain in the Haut-Rhin department of France,” the Embassy said. “We extend our sincere condolences to friends and family. We stand ready to provide appropriate consular services. Out of respect for the family, we have no further comment.”
Anthony Bourdain was a master chef in the kitchen and later in the media. He told fascinating stories and wrote books that opened up people’s eyes to see food and traveling in a different way. He was a compassionate man who often thought about other people and advocated for safer working conditions for restaurant staffs. He won every award the industry had to offer.
People were drawn to him for his honesty, curiosity, never condescending, never obsequious personality.
In 1999, he wrote a New Yorker article, “Don’t Eat Before Reading This,” that became a best-selling book in 2000, “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly.” First, he hosted “A Cook’s Tour” on the Food Network, then moved to “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” on the Travel Channel. “No Reservations” was a breakout hit, earning two Emmy Awards and more than a dozen nominations.
In 2013 he came on board to the CNN network, mostly know for headline news. Bourdain’s show “Parts Unknown” quickly became a prime-time schedule.
Celebrities in the food and entertainment worlds expressed deep shock and disbelief Friday morning. Nigella Lawson, the British cookbook author, and television personality, tweeted, “Heartbroken to hear about Tony Bourdain’s death. Unbearable for his family and girlfriend. Am going off twitter for a while.” Michael Symon, the chef and host of the Chew, tweeted that he was in shock.
Mr. Bourdain’s first marriage ended in divorce in 2005. In 2007, he married Ottavia Busia, and they had a daughter, Ariane, who is 11. The couple divorced in 2016. He had been dating Ms. Argento for about two years.