The culinary world just lost one of its most shining stars—chef, food critic, and TV personality Anthony Bourdain has passed away at the age of 61. Chef Bourdain was in France working on a new episode the for award-winning CNN series Parts Unknown, CNN confirmed. This Friday morning, French chef Eric Ripert found Anthony unresponsive in his hotel room. When Bourdain’s close friend got into the room, it was already too late. It was reported that apparently, the multi-talented man took his own life.
"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," CNN said in a released statement. "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."
Anthony Bourdain’s death was a shock to the world—especially when earlier this week, famous designer Kate Spade was also found dead because of an apparent suicide. Many celebrities took to social media to share their grief, as well as wishing that Anthony Bourdain can rest in peace.
Famous chef and TV personality Gordon Ramsay tweeted that he was “stunned and saddened” by this loss. He credited chef Bourdain as a great source of inspiration since the two had the chance to work with each other. Chef Ramsay also reminded US citizens that there is always a telephone line available to help them in their darkest moments when they think that everything has come to the end—the US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
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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
Model and cookbook author Christina Teigen shared her disbelief to the world, asking “Why why why?” The mother of two thanks Anthony for always making food exciting, for having inspired her as he was an “unapologetic, passionate and one of the best storytellers on the planet”.
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 :(— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 8, 2018
The former host of Man v. Food, Adam Richman tweeted that he will never stop wondering why this happened, but his heart will forever be with Anthony no matter where he is. "I'll always love you, pal,” he wrote.
Damn it, Tony.— Adam Richman (@AdamRichman) June 8, 2018
I’ll always love you, pal.
Always be grateful.
Never gonna stop wondering why, though.
My heart is with you, wherever you are. Sending strength to your daughter.
Thank you, thank you - a thousand thousand thank you’s for everything.@Bourdain
CNN's chief international correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, wrote on Twitter. "May he rest in peace now,” and also mentioned that her heart was broken because of this devastation.
My heart breaks for Tony Bourdain. May he rest in peace now. He was a friend, a collaborator, and family. A huge personality, a giant talent, a unique voice, and deeply, deeply human. My heart goes out to his daughter and family, and his longtime partners and friends at ZPZ.— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) June 8, 2018
Hamilton creator and previous lead-star Lin-Manuel Miranda said that he would always be grateful for the food world that chef Anthony Bourdain has opened and explored.
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
You can find the list of celebrities payig tribute to the great talent following:
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. https://t.co/mkht3wTY5m— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) June 8, 2018
National Suicide Hotline— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) June 8, 2018
1 800 273 8255
I’ve brushed up against this darkness and I know it’s a tempting exit but REACH OUT to ANYONE. Stay on this side of it — in the light and warmth. Where you get to try again, every day.