Chef, author, world traveler Anthony Bourdain is dead at age 61 of an apparent suicide while in Strasbourg, France.
CNN, the network Bourdain worked for, made the announcement this morning:
"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."
Bourdain was found unresponsive in his hotel by friend and fellow chef Eric Ripert. He was in France for a segment of his show, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.
People reports that Bourdain died by hanging at a luxury hotel in Kaysersberg called Le Chambard.
The host of Parts Unknown and author of Kitchen Confidential began his journey in food in the seafood kitchens of Massachusetts. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1978 and worked his way up from dishwasher to executive chef by 1998, for Manhattan’s Brasserie Les Halles.
The author of four best-selling books, Bourdain was most recently known for his show Parts Unknown which he began in 2013. He was open about the awful treatment of people, women especially, in kitchens.
He told Slate in October:
"The traditional system was the male chef would abuse his male chef de cuisine. The male chef de cuisine would then abuse his sous-chef. The sous-chefs would take it out on all the cooks who would then physically hit, kick, torment, haze, and pressure each other as punishment for bringing this shit down on them yet again. And God help you if you were a woman in those days."
While he shed his bad-boy image, the final straw was going after Harvey Weinstein and becoming a major supporter of the #MeToo movement. His girlfriend, Asia Argento was the Italian actress who told the New Yorker that Weinstein raped her. He called out men who could have made a difference, while also pondering what he could have done himself in the culinary world.
The response to Anthony Bourdain's death has been raw and immediate.
Anthony I am so mad at you. 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. pic.twitter.com/kqOEdJ80h9
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) June 8, 2018
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
RIP doubtful. Tony’s restless spirit will roam the earth in search of justice, truth and a great bowl of noodles. @Bourdain
— Tom Colicchio (@tomcolicchio) June 8, 2018
I just woke up to the horrible news about my friend @Bourdain. In shock and devastated. One of the most fun and wittiest men I knew. Tony you will be missed. RIP
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) June 8, 2018
My friend..I know you are on a Ferry going to somewhere amazing.....you still had so many places to show us, whispering to our souls the great possibilities beyond what we could see with our own eyes...you only saw beauty in all https://t.co/Ltw9HrCBb2 will always travel with me https://t.co/Yv4Ntud6X0
— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) June 8, 2018
Bourdain leaves behind an 11-year-old daughter, Ariane Bourdain.
This news comes in just days after Kate Spade committed suicide, New York City coroner's office confirmed death by hanging as her cause of death Thursday.
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