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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.”
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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).