Celebrity Chef, Host, Storyteller Anthony Bourdain Has Died

Celebrity Chef Anthony Bourdain has been found unresponsive this morning, from an apparent suicide.

By nowproducerdave on June 8, 2018
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Sad news to report this morning following the passing of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain. CNN confirmed this morning, saying “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.”

Anthony was probably most well known for travelling the world, sampling foods, and bringing us with him along his journey. His current show, “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” had just wrapped filming in Hong Kong, and had just started filming in France. It was in France where he died, by apparent suicide, sources say. In his show, he takes us with him as he travelled to lesser-visited spots like the Congo and Myanmar. That wasn’t all though, he also went to some frequently travelled places like Koreatown in Los Angeles and even some spots in San Francisco. He was all about food, sampling delicacies from all over, and trying to show that food is just food, and it shouldn’t be “weird” to sample dishes that are popular in other cultures.

He was born in New York on June 25, 1956. He spent much of his life pursuing his love for food, and was executive chef at several restaurants up through the 90s. He wasn’t well-known until an article he wrote in 1999 was published. That article, called “Don’t Eat Before Reading This” was published in the New York Times, and that’s when he started getting noticed. That article turned into a book in 2000 called “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly.” It was really after then that he solidified his title as “celebrity chef.”

Anthony’s friend, French chef Eric Ripert, is the person who found him unresponsive in his hotel room. No details have been released besides “apparent suicide” at this time, though we’re sure more will come out soon. Anthony was just 61 years old, and about 17 days shy of his 62nd birthday. He was called “‘the original rock star’ of the culinary world, ‘the Elvis of bad boy chefs,'” and he will be greatly missed by many. See some more info on his life and career here. And remember, if you or anyone you know needs help, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Please get the help you need if you’re experiencing any sort of suicidal thoughts or actions.

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