How Barack Obama Will Remember Anthony Bourdain

"He made us a little less afraid of the unknown."

Chef, world traveler and host of CNN's "Parts Unknown" Anthony Bourdain, 61, died by suicide on Friday. As the news broke, Family, friends, and fans mourned his death on social media. Former President Barack Obama, reflected on a 2016 episode of "Parts of Unknown" in which he ate "cheap noodles" in Hanoi, Vietnam with Bourdain. 

"'Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer.' This is how I'll remember Tony," Obama tweeted on Friday. "He taught us about food — but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together. To make us a little less afraid of the unknown. We'll miss him."


At the time of the episode, Bourdain joked on social media that he had "picked up the check."

During the popular episode, Obama and Bourdain talked about food, culture, and politics. 

The restaurant has since become a popular tourist destination, and, per Esquire, the seats in which they sat have since been encased in glass, in memory of their time there.

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

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