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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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Jimh
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Jimh

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

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

Bren
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Bren

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.

Patrick
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Patrick

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,… Read more »

Susan Miller
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Susan Miller

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 !

Harry
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Harry

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.

Patrick
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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

Claudio
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Claudio

This is so sad and tragic, may he RIP.

su000
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su000

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… Read more »

Patrick
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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… Read more »

su000
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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.

Christmas Carol
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Christmas Carol

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

Jamesj75
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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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