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.”
Anthony was my best friend. An exceptional human being, so inspiring & generous. One of the great storytellers who connected w so many. I pray he is at peace from the bottom of my heart. My love & prayers are also w his family, friends and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/LbIeZK14ia
— Eric Ripert (@ericripert) June 8, 2018
“And in return, life — and travel — leaves marks on you.”
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.
Stunned and saddened by the loss of Anthony Bourdain. He brought the world into our homes and inspired so many people to explore cultures and cities through their food. Remember that help is a phone call away US:1-800-273-TALK UK: 116 123
— Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) June 8, 2018
'A piece of my heart is truly broken.' Andrew Zimmern remembers 'true friend' Anthony Bourdain https://t.co/chVRrTxENt
— TIME (@TIME) June 9, 2018
So grateful for all Anthony Bourdain gave to us. What a hero of cultural insight and global unity. May he rest in peace. 🙏🏻
— Michael Bolton (@mbsings) June 9, 2018
Been thinking about Anthony Bourdain since I heard the news this morning. From an early age he was one of my heroes, whom I had hoped to meet one day. The loss of such a beautiful, open minded human hit deep. RIP to the great man 😫
— Luke (@Ibarra11) June 9, 2018
I’ve been trying to process the death of #AnthonyBourdain all day. What a terrible loss. He was such a remarkable guide who opened up the world, got under the skin of so many fascinating cultures & brought them home to us. His visits to Palestine, Lebanon, & Oman will stay w/ me pic.twitter.com/4YDsLwAQpZ
— James J. Zogby (@jjz1600) June 9, 2018
Anthony Bourdain's death is a tragedy, he had such a graciousness and appreciation towards other cultures. He left a memorable impression as a travel host. Such a shock that he left us so soon…
— Serena (@SereneAshley) June 9, 2018
“Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer.” This is how I’ll remember Tony. He taught us about food — but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together. To make us a little less afraid of the unknown. We’ll miss him. pic.twitter.com/orEXIaEMZM
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 8, 2018
“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.
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