From Donald Trump to Chrissy Teigen, Here’s How Stars Are Remembering Anthony Bourdain

Celebrated chef, women’s rights champion, and world traveler Anthony Bourdain passed away on June 8, 2018. The Parts Unknown host was found unresponsive in his hotel room in Strasbourg, France. The 61-year-old reportedly took his own life.

Though Bourdain spoke openly about his struggles with mental health and suicidal thoughts, the outspoken chef brought so much joy and life to so many others. Through our television screens, we watched him explore the globe, sitting with people from all walks of life to share a meal, some stories, and so much wisdom.

When the #TimesUp and #MeToo Movements began to ripple through Hollywood and various other industries, Bourdain was a steadfast and outspoken champion for women. He created a safe space for everyone to share their stories. While so many of us have continued to talk over one another, Bourdain showed us all how to listen.

From Lin-Manuel Miranda to Barack Obama, this is how he is being remembered. Chrissy Teigen also shared some beautiful words to remember her idol (page 7).

Asia Argento

Chef Anthony Bourdain and actor Asia Argento attend the 2018 Women In The World Summit at Lincoln Center on April 12, 2018 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)

Anthony Bourdain and Asia Argento | Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

  • Bourdain’s girlfriend, actress Asia Argento, is devastated

Actress Asia Argento was Bourdain’s girlfriend. When she bravely shared her story about being attacked by disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein, Bourdain’s voice of support was loud and unwavering.

After his passing, Argento wrote on Twitter, “Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did. His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds. He was my love, my rock, my protector. I am beyond devastated. My thoughts are with his family. I would ask that you respect their privacy and mine.”

Next: The president’s words. 

Donald Trump

Donald Trump frowning

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  • President Trump was shocked 

President Donald Trump took time out of his G7 Summit preparations to pay his respects. He told White House reporters, “That was very shocking when I woke up this morning. I enjoyed his show. He was quite a character, I will say. But, so, I just want to extend my condolences and also to the family of Kate Spade.”

Next: A CNN colleague’s heartbreak 

Christiane Amanpour

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: Christiane Amanpour<br /> speaks onstage during the National Board of Review Annual Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for National Board of Review)

Christiane Amanpour | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for National Board of Review

  • Reporter Christiane Amanpour remembered Bourdain as being deeply human 

CNN’s Chief International Correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, was heartbroken to learn the news about her dear friend.

She tweeted, “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.”

Next: A Tony-award winner who views food differently because of Bourdain. 

Lin-Manuel Miranda

headshot of Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda | Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

  • Bourdain showed Lin-Manuel Miranda how to be brave 

Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda talked about how Bourdain made him more adventurous when it came to trying new foods. For Miranda, the chef showed him the world in a whole new way.

He tweeted, “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.”

Next: A top chef who is in disbelief.

Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay critiquing food on Hell's Kitchen

Gordon Ramsay | Food Network

  • Chef Gordon Ramsay was simply stunned by his friend’s death 

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, whose take on food was very different from Bourdain’s was stunned by the loss of his friend. He tweeted, “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.”

Next: A former president who remembers the perfect meal. 

Barack Obama

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  • The former president remembered sharing a meal of noodles and beers

Former President Barack Obama remembered sharing a meal and a beer with Bourdain on Parts Unknown. He reflected, “Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer.” This is how I’ll remember Tony. 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.”

Next: A celebrity foodie remembers her idol. 

Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen attends Lip Sync Battle Live: A Michael Jackson Celebration at Dolby Theatre on January 18, 2018 in Hollywood, California.

Chrissy Teigen | Tara Ziemba/Getty Images

  • The Cravings author remembered her idol as the best storyteller 

Chrissy Teigen whose love for food rivals that of Bourdain’s was shocked by the loss of her idol. The Cravings author tweeted, “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 :(.”

Next: A friend in anguish 

Adam Richman

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Adam Richman | Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM

  • The Man v. Food host sends love to Bourdain’s daughter 

Man v. Food host Adam Richman was simply stunned by the news of his friend’s death. He tweeted, “Damn it, Tony. Why? 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”

Next: A DJ who felt seen by Bourdain 

Gareth Emery

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Musician Gareth Emery poses backstage during day 1 of the 2014 Budweiser Made In America Festival at Los Angeles Grand Park on August 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Anheuser-Busch)

Gareth Emery | Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Anheuser-Busch

  • Musician Gareth Emery said Bourdain made us all feel less lonely 

DJ Gareth Emery remembered Bourdain and how he always made us feel connected to one another. The music producer tweeted, “Extremely sad about Anthony Bourdain. His incredible CNN show kept me company in many a lonely hotel room far from home hundreds of times. Rest in peace, sir.”

Next: A sportscaster who loved Bourdain’s storytelling 

Mico Halili‏

Mico Halili‏ | CNN

  • For Mico Halili‏, Bourdain was the perfect storyteller

Sports journalist Mico Halili‏ remembered Bourdain for his perfect storytelling abilities. He explained, “The thing about Anthony Bourdain was that he enjoyed the simplest meals in the simplest settings the most. Eloquently told stories of food which were really stories about people, about culture, about us. RIP.”

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.

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