On Friday, world-famous chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain died at the age of 61. According to CNN, he was in France working on his show Parts Unknown, and was found unresponsive in his hotel room by a friend. The apparent cause was suicide.
He was in a relationship with Asia Argento, an Italian actress who became a notable figure in the #MeToo movement after claiming Harvey Weinstein abused her in 1997. Bourdain is survived by his 11-year-old daughter, Ariane, as well as ex-wife Ottavia Busia.
Celebrities around the world have been posting tributes to this remarkable man. Given that this shocking loss came just days after Kate Spade also died by apparent suicide, many are also commenting on the need to discuss mental health issues to prevent such tragic deaths. There’s a prevailing opinion that people who are deemed successful and wealthy don’t struggle with thoughts of suicide, but that is far from the case. To learn more about this important topic, read The CEO Suicides: The Rise of Financial Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
“Stunned and saddened by the loss of Anthony Bourdain,” celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay wrote. “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.”
“Maybe we all wanted to hang out with him. He was that cool, fun, frank, insightful. He introduced us to distant lands and to people with different traditions. And without ever preaching, he reminded us that we humans are far more alike than different. Thank you Anthony Bourdain,” Mia Farrow wrote. She also shared one of his most popular quotes: “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”
“A piece of my heart is truly broken this morning,” Andrew Zimmern, another celebrity chef and the host of The Zimmern List, wrote. “And the irony, the sad cruel irony is that the last year he’d never been happier. The rest of my heart aches for the 3 amazing women he left behind. Tony was a symphony. I wish everyone could have seen all of him. A true friend.”
“Anthony Bourdain lived in a way that most of us should,” actress Lucy Hale wrote.”A seeker of the unknown & a man who exposed magnificent parts of the world to us through our TVs. I don’t even know what to say, this makes me so damn sad. I truly loved him & what he stood for.”
“I have to say I’m in total shock to hear that the amazing
@Bourdain has just died,” celebrity chef Jamie Oliver wrote. “He really broke the mould, pushed the culinary conversation, Rest in peace chef thoughts and love to all his family and close friends xxxxxxxxxxx”
“Anthony. One of my idols. Unapologetic, passionate and one of the best storytellers on the planet,” Chrissy Teigen wrote. “Thank you for making food so exciting. And always standing up for everything right. Horrible. Why why why. Be at peace now :(”
“Heartbroken to hear about Tony Bourdain’s death,” celebrity chef Nigella Lawson wrote. “Unbearable for his family and girlfriend. Am going off twitter for a while”
“According to AFSP, there are nearly 45,000 suicides every year in the US,” Bryan Cranston wrote. “Shocking. I was saddened to hear of the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. RIP. It illustrates that success is not immune to depression. We all need to be more aware of our friends who are suffering.”
“Anthony Bourdain was a chef contemporary, a friend and an icon for chefs as well as others around the world,” celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian wrote. “He had a uniqueness that opened many worlds to many people through food and hospitality. It’s truly a sad day and my heart grieves for his family. Rest in peace Anthony.”
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“Heartbroken over Anthony Bourdain. He was a kind person. This world doesn’t make sense today,” actress Emmy Rossum wrote.
“This is utterly heartbreaking,” Mandy Moore wrote. “Thank you for opening our eyes to parts of the world both cherished and unknown. What a legacy. Sending peace and love to his family. If you or someone you love needs help, please reach out or call 1-800-273-TALK.”
“Anthony I am so mad at you,” McGowan wrote in the caption to an emotional video. “You were so loved, the world is not better without you. I have a message for those considering suicide as a solution to a temporary problem. Please call a hotline. Please reach out. Asia needed you, Anthony. We needed you. Please come back.”
“Bourdain’s exceptional writing made this one formerly picky, fearful eater very brave and want to try everything and I’ll always be grateful for him and the worlds he opened,” Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote.
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