Anthony Bourdain died while in France shooting his show, “Parts Unknown”
American chef, author, and television personality Anthony Bourdain has passed away at age 61 while in France filming his show Parts Unknown.
CNN reports that Bourdain died by suicide. He was found in his hotel room by friend and fellow chef Eric Ripert.
CNN statement regarding the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain: pic.twitter.com/MR1S5fP16o
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) June 8, 2018
The statement reads, “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.”
CNN president Jeff Zucker sent an email to employees about Bourdain’s passing. “Tony was an exceptional talent,” he said. “Tony will be greatly missed not only for his work but also for the passion with which he did it.”
Parts Unknown is Bourdain’s award-winning series for CNN. It was through his television shows and books that he was able to educate his audience about far more than food. His work helped him become a voice for advocacy for marginalized people and he was able to use his fame to work toward safer working conditions for restaurant staff, according to CNN.
It was a 1999 article for The New Yorker called Don’t Eat Before Reading This that paved the way for his best-selling book, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. That book led to television shows on Food Network, the Travel Channel, and CNN. The eleventh season of Parts Unknown just premiered last month. He’s won a number of awards for his work including two Emmys.
In the last few years, Bourdain spoke in support of immigrant rights, particularly in the restaurant industry. In 2015, he attacked then-candidate Donald Trump’s disgusting stance on illegal immigration pointing out that “every restaurant in America would shut down” if the country went through with his plan. During an appearance on a radio show he said, “I walked into restaurants and always, the person who had been there the longest, who took the time to show me how it was done, was always Mexican or Central American. The backbone of the industry — meaning most of the people in my experience cooking, preparing your food.”
Those who knew him or simply loved his work took to Twitter to share their shock and grief.
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
I don’t know how to process this. Anthony Bourdain… I’m just heartbroken. There are few people I have ever admired as much. I will miss his passion, wisdom and beautiful words. The world will be a darker place without him. #RIP
— Martha Madison (@Marth27) June 8, 2018
One of the greatest food and culture storytellers of our time, suicide. CNN reports that Anthony Bourdain killed himself in France.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255 https://t.co/ssLbKvDTL2 pic.twitter.com/hKhSkUZnM5
— DeRusha Eats (@DeRushaEats) June 8, 2018
I felt like every man I knew secretly wanted to be Anthony Bourdain.. as if we needed more proof that even the most aspirational among us might also be in pain.. if you are suffering, you aren’t alone. If you need help, reach out.
— lisa locicero (@lisalocicerogh) June 8, 2018
According to AFSP, there are nearly 45,000 suicides every year in the US. 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
— Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) June 8, 2018
Heartbroken to hear about Tony Bourdain’s death. Unbearable for his family and girlfriend. Am going off twitter for a while
— Nigella Lawson (@Nigella_Lawson) June 8, 2018
Absolutely heartbroken. A creative genius and the most authentic guy in the business has passed. RIP @Bourdain.
— Matt Dornic (@mdornic) June 8, 2018
Along with his advocacy in the restaurant industry, Bourdain spoke extensively about mental health, substance abuse, and the use of drugs in restaurant kitchens. This morning, CNN’s Brian Stelter said, “Anthony had his share of demons. He talked about drug abuse in his past in a different stage of his life. But I don’t have any further information on what could have led to this event.”
Bourdain leaves behind an 11-year-old daughter, Ariane Bourdain. He was dating Italian actress Asia Argento at the time of his death.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).