Remembering Chef, TV Host, And Author Anthony Bourdain In The Wake Of Tragic News

"It illustrates that success is not immune to depression."

While the fashion world is still mourning designer Kate Spade, the culinary world has been sent reeling with the death of chef, TV host, and author Anthony Bourdain. Like Spade, who we've learned silently battled with depression and died by apparent suicide, Bourdain's cause of death has been reported as suicide — per CNN.


"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain, the network — which Bourdain recently called home — said in a statement. "His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink, and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller." 

Bourdain, who was 61 and shooting for Parts Unknown in France at the time of death, leaves behind a daughter named Ariane and girlfriend with Italian actress/director Asia Argento, who has been an outspoken voice in the #MeToo and Time's Up movements.

CNN's statement went on to recognize his talents, saying they "never ceased to amaze us," and noted that "we will miss him very much." They sent "thoughts and prayers" to Bourdain's entire family during this "incredibly difficult time."

Bourdain was considered one of the most influential people in the food world, he shot to fame with his 2000 book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (the first of many, including both fiction and nonfiction). Soon after that, TV grabbed hold of him and he had a series of TV shows including: A Cook's Tour (2002-2003), Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (2005-2012), The Layover (2011-2013), and most recently with Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013-present).

Bourdain — a 1978 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America — received numerous awards throughout the years, including recognition for writing, a few Emmy Awards for TV hosting (No Reservations and Parts Unknown), induction into the James Beard Foundation's Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America, and a Peabody (for Parts Unknown).

The legacy Bourdain leaves behind is one that goes way beyond any culinary accomplishments. Bourdain was known for being intrigued by other cultures, exploring them, and introducing us to their food — not for curiosity's sake, but to actually teach viewers about the world. It is through Bourdain that many were exposed to cultures other than their own and were challenged to think differently — and thoughtfully — about the world.

Just this week the Center for Disease Control released a study showing that the rate of suicide in the U.S. has increased by nearly 25 percent over the past two decades. Given this finding, and the impact Bourdain's suicide will have all around the world, celebrities are using social media to both remember him as well as to tell others that his tragedy doesn't have to be theirs.

Here is a smattering of celeb reactions to Bourdain's death:

If you or a loved one are in a crisis, you can reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK to speak with a skilled, trained counselor who is ready to listen to you.

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