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Anthony Bourdain Dead At 61 From Apparent Suicide; Celebrities Shocked & Urge Others In Need To Reach Out For Help

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Heartbreaking news rocked the morning news on Friday.  CNN revealed the shocking and sudden death of beloved celebrated American Chef, and host of CNN’s popular Parts Unknown series, Anthony Bourdain.

Bourdain died at just 61 years old of an apparent suicide.  He was found unresponsive in this room by close friend and French chef, Eric Ripert, according to CNN.  Brian Stelter broke the news during the network’s morning show New Day, and reported that Bourdain had hung himself in a hotel room in France, where he was filming an episode of his TV series.

Anthony had been both a Daytime and Primetime Emmy Award winner, as well as a recipient of a Peabody Award.  His best-selling book, Kitchen Confidential in 2000 set him on the path of major notoriety and fame.

CNN offered this statement: “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.”

The news of Bourdain’s death comes days after the death of noted fashion designer, Kate Spade. who also died via suicide.

Celebrities have been taking to social media expressing their sadness and devastation over the loss of Bourdain, but also how important it is for those who may be suffering from depression to reach out in their time of need.  Here is just a sampling:

Mandy Moore of This Is Us expressed: “This is utterly heartbreaking. 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.”

Kate Mansi of Days of our Lives shared: “In shock of the news this morning. Truly, you never know what battles people are facing. The “Elvis of bad boy chefs” will be missed by so many.”

Gordon Ramsey shared: “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”

Mariska Hargitay: “A reminder that you are not alone. That there are resources. That you are loved.”

Rose McGowan shared an emotional video expressing: “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.”

Share your thoughts on the death of Anthony Bourdain below.  We will continue to update this story as development warrants.

In the meantime, as had been stated by others, if you are in need of help, or need to speak to someone, please do not hesitate to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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Wasnt a fan but this comes as a shock…im sure something will come out to possible reason????

im not getting emails from those who reply but i am getting replies to when my comments are approved!!!!

I’m so sad and shocked to hear this I loved his show it was so educational and entertaining and he delivered it with such a clarity and down to earth attitude he will be missed dearly.

My mind went places… my mind ate his show up. I love his sense of humor… I love Anthony Bourdain

who didn’t go places with; all those far off places one dreams.. he brought it as close as one can get He wanted for World Peace.. he was an advocate for all people.

Suicide is not a sin. Suicide is not the “thing” ONE should fear. why should their be shame? if this act is not controllable. that this personal choice is a mental illness… I do not care that religious people may differ.

Mental illness is; MUST be addressed, as such

I sure liked the guy… would have shook his hand. I oft thought.. he had the best job in the world… traveled all over the globe… imbibed in spirits and smoked… although the latter happened less when CNN took over. nevertheless… Anthony Bourdain… outside of balancing his busy life… showed me that communicating with the world could be so much fun

Im not familiar with Anthony ! Praying for his family n friends ! God bless ! Also i will share this about depression n suicide ! Please get help now !

Excellent writer and chef–I always called him the Hemingway of chefs. I loved his Movable Feasts which incorporated a Proustian “nosegay of the senses.” I am unspeakably sad about this–met him once at an event. He was larger-than-life, charismatic, well spoken and kind.

Hi Harry : CNN.. starting today , sunday, 6/17 . are running a “remembering Anthony Bourdain”. hope you catch it. I so admired how he brought the world to us. LOVE THE GUY

This is so sad and tragic, may he RIP.

I love myself too much to take my life.
But- hanging seems to be a rather unpleasant way to end it/the struggle to breathe.

I had seen some of his journeys to awesome destinations to eat and meet people around the world and experience their cultures.
It was one of the very best jobs a person could have.

Perhaps his past drug addiction was knocking on his door and he couldn’t relive it, but why he left us we’ll never know he took the reason with him.
Suicide is agony for those left behind a kind of a forever feeling of death to his loved ones, also.

Hi @su. I read this in WIKI.. AND for what is posted.. I didn’t know he had such a history with drug usage. I”M NOT SURPRISED by any stretch. he married and had a child late in life.. after the fact.. and TRIED? God bless him… he KNEW .. yet battling his predilection… knew of the affect his body mind and soul REACHED.. before and after

TAKEN from Wiki : “…A former user of cocaine, heroin, and LSD, in Kitchen Confidential, he wrote of his experience in a trendy SoHo restaurant in 1981: “We were high all the time, sneaking off to the walk-in refrigerator at every opportunity to ‘conceptualize.’ Hardly a decision was made without drugs. Cannabis, methaqualone, cocaine, LSD, psilocybin mushrooms soaked in honey and used to sweeten tea, secobarbital, tuinal, amphetamine, codeine and, increasingly, heroin, which we’d send a Spanish-speaking busboy over to Alphabet City to get.”

this is just a part of his life.. his body of work speaks volume… I read that his wife is STRUCK HARD. godspeed.. my dear woman.

in this day and age.. I don’t think that that adage of this being a selfish act and leaving his family friends and co -workers in limbo.. is his right. he chose this

is god any less forgiving… I don’t think so.. mental illness is all over the news and internet

he chose to check out

This is my personal opinion–
Anthony fought his drug addiction every second of a day,
He was in recovering, there is no cure and recovery is for a lifetime.

I believe he went back to heroin.
He did not and could not live that life again at age 61 nor could he drag his loved ones his family into that life so he opted out.

An autopsy would tell if he had drugs in his body, perhaps he didn’t- I believe he did.

Didnt really know the man but this is why when someone says they are depressed you should listen to them,Take if from someone who knows.May you rest in peace

Mr. Bourdain’s passing was a terrible and sad shock. He was truly an inspirational, affable man. I am a big fan, and I have since learned that his fans run the gamut of age and other demographics. He will be missed…

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As valiant as man as Johnny was to all those who know and loved him, he was through and through that man till the very end. According to Grant Wactor, Johnny actually shielded a female co-worker at the time of the crime before he was fatally shot.  Three men were trying to steal Wactor’s catalytic converter from his vehicle, one of which fired the shot that killed the former GH star.

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Believing he was being towed, he approached the men to try to discuss it. One of the men then looked up and pointed a gun at Wactor, who put his body in front of his female co-worker as he was shot. Police say, the three men were all wearing masks, and then fled the scene in another car.  The suspects currently remain at-large.

Grant commented on his brother’s last act of bravery, “We’re Southern, born and raised, and we would never let a female walk to their car by herself.” He added that Johnny, “Thought his truck was being towed. So he said something to the guys, like, ‘Hey, are you towing?’ And then once he turned around, he saw what was happening and he put his coworker behind him. And that’s when they shot him.

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Sadly, Grant revealed, Johnny was shot in the chest, and that Johnny and his co-worker had to park about two blocks from the restaurant, so they were walking to their cars after they finished their shift when the incident unfolded.

Grant shared that he hopes justice will be served and the men are caught, “I hope they are able to track the people who did this. I am glad in a way that this is getting the publicity so that it could shed some light that things need to change, or find ways so that no one else has to experience this – whether it be a murder or being at the wrong place at the wrong time.”

In what has already been horrific that we lost Johnny to a senseless act of gun violence over an attempted theft, learning that the actor died right after protecting somebody else, only reinforces the kind of man Wactor was to all those who knew and loved him. Share your thoughts on the latest details on Johnny’s death via the comment section below.

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The details surrounding Johnny’s death are harrowing. He was reportedly shot and killed in downtown Los Angeles after three unidentified suspects were allegedly seen trying to steal a catalytic converter from his car,” shared Scarlett. She was also told Johnny didn’t try to fight or stop them. However, the men shot him anyway before taking off and fleeing the scene of the crime.

According to police reports, the paramedics rushed to the scene just after 3 AM PT, but Wactor died on his way to the hospital. At this time, police have not shared the description of the three suspects, but Johnny’s mother, is hoping they will be found soon.

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Wactor made his GH debut in 2020 as Brando and was the son of Gladys Corbin (Bonnie Burroughs). Brando fell in love with Sasha Gilmore ( got married and then the couple lost their premature son, Liam, which tore them both apart. In 2022, Brando was killed by the serial killer, The Hook, which turned to be Heather Webber (Alley Mills).

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One of Johnny’s first acting credits was in 2007 on Lifetime’s Army Wives. He later starred as Johnny in NBC’s Siberia, a supernatural drama filmed in the reality competition series vein. He also had several dramatic guest-starring roles in series such as: Criminal Minds, NCIS, Station 19 and more. As well, on the film side, Wactor had a featured role in 2016’s USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage, a World War II drama starring Nicolas Cage and Tom Sizemore. More recently (in 2024), he starred as Marcus in Dead Talk Tales: Volume I.  Wactor was also seen in several national commercials.

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Johnny is survived by his mother and younger brothers, Grant and Lance.

Share your thoughts and condolences for Johnny’s family, and please share your heartfelt remembrances of Johnny, who tragically is now gone too soon, via the comment section below.  Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this developing story.


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In addition, Frazier and Turner are also nominated this year for Daytime Emmys in the Outstanding Daytime Personality- Daily category. That is in addition to ‘ET’ being in the running for Outstanding Entertainment News series.

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Frazier has been co-host with Entertainment Tonight since September 2014. Previously, he was co-host and managing editor of The Insider and a correspondent and weekend host of ‘ET.’

As for Turner she has been the co-host of ‘ET’ since 2021. Nischelle first joined the entertainment news program as a correspondent back in 2014. Turner is an award-winning journalist with ‘ET’, and often lends her voice to entertainment and political news shows, along with joining their coverage on the Grammys, Golden Globes and Oscars. She was previously was an entertainment contributor for CNN.

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So, what do you think about Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner returning as the hosts of the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards? Comment below.

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