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).
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.”
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