Anthony Bourdain, a gifted storyteller and writer who took CNN viewers around the world, has died. He was 61.
CNN confirmed Bourdain's death on Friday and said the cause of death was suicide.
"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 in France working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning CNN series "Parts Unknown." His close friend Eric Ripert, the French chef, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning.
His parts unknown shows were so interesting and he had a fabulous way of getting people to open up and be very genuine with him. He made the world a smaller, more intimate place. May his family take comfort in knowing that.
Those CNN anchors were in tears! May he rest in peace.
What a tragedy.So sad. He fought the demons for so long.
Unfortunately people are in such mental distress that ending the pain and relieving their loved ones of the burden of their care superceded everything else.I am truly in shock--he had so much to live for (his young daughter, his TV show, his friends and family) and so much life in him. He was a very gifted writer and TV host, he will be missed.
Suicide is so awful in that it hurts the person's friends and family more than anyone else.
This is exactly why I loved his show. I watched some episodes where he went to places I had visited, and he was so good at capturing the feel of a place, not just going to the tourist places everyone knows.I teared up when I heard this on the radio this morning. A few years ago when we were planning our honeymoon to Vietnam, virtually everyone we talked to thought we were crazy. Watching his episodes about Vietnam inspired us and in a way reassured us that we were about to have an amazing adventure (which we did). May he RIP.
I saw that news too. Thought they called it a spike. Except something that spans decades seems more like a trend to me.In related news, the CDC reported yesterday that overall suicide rates in the U.S. have increased by 25% since 1999. Suicide is among the top 10 causes of death in the U.S., apparently, and suicide rates rose in nearly every state. It is quite worrisome and sad.
Yes my husband and I were wondering how much Bourdain may have been influenced by Kate Spade's death and the media reporting of it....especially the sympathy expressed towards her in leaving a young child behind.I saw that news too. Thought they called it a spike. Except something that spans decades seems more like a trend to me.
According to this article, suicides can spike after a celebrity commits suicide and they have some guidelines that have shown how the media reported on it can have an impact on whether that happens or not and by how much:
He was unique in the way he respected cuisine from all corners of the world and brought it into our lives. He wasn't afraid to venture into the most humble places to help us see it through his eyes.
Thank you for sharing this link, Claire. This is a wonderful post.My friend Sarah, who writes The Finer Sports skating blog, penned a tribute to Anthony Bourdain: http://thefinersports.com/2018/06/missing-anthony-bourdain/
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/08/books/best-of-anthony-bourdain.htmlHe has left his mark in restaurant kitchens and libraries — both fiction and nonfiction. And as The Times obituary said, “as an author and then a host,” he had redefined “the staid genres of food writing and food-tourism shows with an inquisitive but rebellious image that endeared him to fellow chefs, restaurant-goers and travelers.”
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I can tell you that they tell you to think of a happier time. Well, hell, when you are depressed and no longer have any happy times that does not help. And to talk to family or friends. And, duh, if you could do that why would you be calling them. I guess it only works if you want some stranger to literally talk you off a ledge. Or call 911 and have you locked up.Does this happen to everyone who calls a suicide hotline? Certainly not. But you need to know that it's a possibility.