Anthony Bourdain is dead at 61. The TV host/author/world-famous chef reportedly took his own life. He was found in a hotel room in France, where he was shooting an episode of CNN’s Parts Unknown. Buzzfeed reports Bourdain’s friend and chef colleague Eric Ripert discovered him, unresponsive.
Bourdain was a writer, chef and TV personality who was undeniably charismatic, bringing his passion through with every exaltation, barbed comment, and wry smile. He had a “bad boy” chef reputation, which spurred his best-selling memoir Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly and the Bradley Cooper TV series of the same name. It also inspired a hilarious episode of Archer, on which Bourdain poked fun at his persona by playing an over the top “Bastard Chef.”
And as the Me Too movement arose, Bourdain was an outspoken advocate for women, particularly his girlfriend, filmmaker Asia Argento, a Harvey Weinstein victim whose speaking out has been pivotal in turning the tide in sexual misconduct in Hollywood. Our heart goes out to Argento, his daughter, all of Bourdain’s loved ones, and all the ones who loved him.
Television production is a tough business. Prior preparation prevents piss poor performance . On location with director @AsiaArgento and DP @dukefeng52 Chris Doyle in Hong Kong TONIGHT @PartsUnknownCNN pic.twitter.com/0od1mtOmsv— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) June 3, 2018
Bourdain touched a lot of lives with his food, his TV appearances, his writing, and his Twitter feed. He was a complicated figure, who recognized his own vices alongside his virtues. And in doing so publicly, he dared us to be so honest with ourselves. To lose him so soon and like this is really fucking hard, especially in the same week as celebrated fashion designer Kate Spade completed suicide. So, take care, friends, of yourselves and each other.
If you’re struggling with suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. To learn more about how you can help someone struggling, check out their website.
Update: Asia Argento has released a public statement through Twitter.