On Friday, June 8, it was reported that beloved chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain was found dead of an apparent suicide. Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room in Strasbourg, France by his friend and fellow chef Eric Ripert. It was reported by CNN that he had hanged himself. Both Bourdain and Ripert were on location in France shooting an episode of his award-winning show, Parts Unknown.
It’s been one devasting week following the unexpected and sudden passing of accomplished and celebrated fashion designer Kate Spade. Her shocking suicide left thousands around the world stunned earlier in the week after news broke of Spade’s passing.
Bourdain’s sudden death not only shocked and stunned those in the culinary world but several others as well. Many fellow chefs, celebrities, and athletes have taken to social media to share their experiences and some kind words about the star.
Incredibly sad news about Anthony Bourdain. Sending such love to his family, including his CNN family, who must be hurting terribly today. If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, please remember, help is right here: Nat’l Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) June 8, 2018
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 (@Lin_Manuel) June 8, 2018
Anthony. One of my idols. Unapologetic, passionate and one of the best storytellers on the planet. Thank you for making food so exciting. And always standing up for everything right. Horrible. Why why why. Be at peace now 🙁
— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 8, 2018
As @NASA searches for life on Mars, we lose the life of beloved Anthony Bourdain on Earth. Implicit and explicit reminders of how precious life is, anywhere in the universe.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) June 8, 2018
Truly devastated about @Bourdain. I have no words. Please if you need help, reach out. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps) 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
Anthony Bourdain honestly changed the way I looked at food. I just loved the way he explored life through food. No Reservations/Parts Unknown was my way of exploring the world.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) June 8, 2018
Anthony Bourdain?????? We’ve lost him too? It hurts to hear. Two icons, gone. Both from my age group. It’s truly devastating to hear this about another peer.
If you need help call: 1 800 273 TALK or if you are in real immediate danger, text 741741.
— Stacy London (@stacylondon) June 8, 2018
I have to say I’m in total shock to hear that the amazing @Bourdain has just died 💔 he really broke the mould, pushed the culinary conversation, Rest in peace chef 👨🍳 🙏 thoughts and love to all his family and close friends xxxxxxxxxxx pic.twitter.com/HB7sV7CeRH
— Jamie Oliver (@jamieoliver) June 8, 2018
When I traveled to some exotic place I’d not been before -the last were Beirut and Amman- I’d text Bourdain & ask where I should eat. He gave the best, most fun recommendations. I’d like to think he’s scouting out the best watering holes and places to eat in heaven, right now.💔
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) June 8, 2018
Bourdain made a name for himself first as a chef and then as an author. Bourdain’s New York Times bestselling memoir, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, was published in 2000, leading to his jump into TV. His first show was A Cook’s Tour on the Food Network segueing into No Reservations on the Travel Channel. That show was his breakout hit.
In 2013, Parts Unknown premiered on CNN. During a 2016 episode, Bourdain admitted he sometimes struggled with depression.
His last Instagram post was a meal he had four days ago in France.
The 61-year-old leaves behind a young daughter and longtime partner Asia Argento.