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The Final Parts Unknown: RIP Anthony Bourdain (1956-2018)

written by Johnny Perkins June 10, 2018
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It is with great sadness I have to write that Anthony Bourdain has died at the age of 61. The chef, author, and TV star spent his years traveling the globe, opening up the world to new foods and cultures. Bourdain was found Friday morning in his hotel room in Paris, France. He was there filming an upcoming episode of his show Parts Unknown. His friend Eric Ripert found him and it appears he is a victim of suicide.

“Maybe that’s enlightenment enough: to know that there is no final resting place of the mind; no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom… is realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go.”

“And in return, life — and travel — leaves marks on you.”

Anthony Bourdain in classic car

Bourdain’s shows A Cooks Tour, No Reservations, The Layover, and Parts Unknown truly brought him into our lives. Most people who watched and loved his shows felt like they had a friend and guide to the world. His love of people and food made him likable and fun. He seemed to have a vigor for life. Every episode of every show brought him closer and closer to us. I personally remember watching marathons of No Reservations, wanting to join him on his trips. He spoke with familiarity and grace, and he became a friend to all of us. He was a master wordsmith and his quotes have flooded the internet since his shocking death.

“Most of the time, those marks — on your body or on your heart — are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt.”

Even though he expressed such a love for life and the world, Anthony Bourdain suffered. He dealt with depression and suffered in quiet. Many of us understand that pain and hide it as he did. Depression is a plague that takes far too many lives. Anthony Bourdain is an example of those who seem fine but need help.  If you or anyone you know is suffering you can get help.

Anthony Bourdain on boat

Where to Get Help

Crisis Text Line
If you are in crisis, reach out for help.
Text REASON to 741741.
Free, 24/7, confidential.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
DIAL: 1-800-273-8255

Have a drink, try some new food, explore another culture, and share your favorite Anthony Bourdain quotes.

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