Anthony Bourdain, CNN host and celebrity chef death 61



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Anthony Bourdain, CNN host and celebrity chef, was remembered by his friends and colleagues as a ‘friend’, who, after his suicide reported.

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain was found dead early Friday morning. He was 61.

CNN’s Brian Stelter announced in the air Friday that Bourdain hanged himself.

“Anthony was found dead this morning in his hotel room in France. He Had hung himself in his hotel room,” Stelter said.

The outspoken chef was reportedly found unresponsive by his good friend, French chef Eric Ripert. The network said that he was working on an upcoming episode of his show “Anthony Bourdain: s Unknown.”

Anthony Bourdain host of the CNN original series “s Unknown” of 2013-2018.


“It is with extraordinary sadness, we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” CNN said in a statement. “His love for the great adventure, new friends, good food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talent never ceases to amaze us, and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family in this incredibly difficult time.”

The news of Bourdain’s death comes after the fashion designer Kate Spade is died on Tuesday after hanging herself in her apartment in New York City. The 61-year-old’s death follows a disturbing series of celebrity hang suicide deaths in recent years.

President Trump reacted to the news on his way to the G-7 summit on Friday.

Anthony Bourdain began dating Italian actress Asia Argento, right, in 2017.


“I think it is very sad. In fact, I want to extend to his family my sincere condolences. That was very shocking. When I woke up this morning, Anthony Bourdain is dead. And I enjoyed his show. He was quite a character, I will say,” Trump told reporters. “But, I just want my compassion to expand and, also, to the family of Kate Spade.”

Bourdain is an outspoken advocate of the #MeToo movement since his girlfriend, Asia Argento, accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual abuse in October.

“I am proud and honored to know. You just did the hardest thing in the world,” Bourdain tweeted on Argento after Ronan Farrow’s scathing expose about Weinstein was published in the New Yorker.

In an in-depth interview with the Daily Beast in April, Bourdain admitted that he is reluctant to speak out about the movement of the change of the entertainment industry, who explains that he does not want to steal the show away from the women of the movement.

“It is something I’m very aware of as I hear myself talk about it—it makes me very uncomfortable,” he told the outlet. “These are not my stories, so I have a feeling that every time I am talking about, am I taking up space that should be right taken by a woman. It is a fine line for me. I don’t particularly enjoy talking about it. But if you ask me, I tell ya.”

Born in New York City, Bourdain was raised in a suburb of New Jersey, but chafed against his staid upbringing.

Bourdain’s breakthrough came in 1998, when he became the executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles.


“I deeply despised the relative stability in my house. I started taking drugs as soon as I told them,” the chef told The Guardian in 2013.


Anthony Bourdain in the kitchen at the Les Halles restaurant in Washington, DC, Tuesday, 13 June 2000.

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Bourdain dropped out of Vassar College after two years to pursue a career in the culinary world. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1978 and from there went to work in various restaurant kitchens, including One Fifth Avenue and Sullivan’s.

His big break came when he was appointed executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in 1998. A year later, Bourdain’s celebrity when the New Yorker published his now-famous “don’t Eat Before Reading This,” an article which exposed the inner workings of restaurant kitchens.

Building on the interest in his subject, Bourdain released the non-fiction bestseller “Kitchen Confidential” in 2000, that made him a known name. His other books include the novels “Bone in the Throat” and “A Cook’s Tour.”

Bourdain traveled around the world on his culinary adventures on “s Unknown.” He is pictured here on a trip to Israel.


Bourdain’s career skyrocketed after he was released by the Food Network in 2002 show “A Cook’s Tour.” From 2005-2012 he starred in “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” on the Travel Channel.

He left the Travel Channel in 2012 to join CNN for his own series called “s Unknown.” He showed food and culture from all over the world for his show.

In one of his last interviews before his death, Bourdain described in the series to IndieWire.

In this Sept. 11, 2016 file photo, Anthony Bourdain, winner of the award for outstanding informational series or special for “Anthony Bourdain: s Unknown” attends the Governors Ball during the evening, two of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.


“It’s always been, to a greater or lesser extent, a stealth food show. We pretend it’s about food. Rarely is,” he told the outlet on Sunday. “We always talk about movies first we go to a location for visual cues, sound, editing. We love nothing more than deception, emulate, or riffing on a film that some of our audiences have actually seen.”

Bourdain married his highschool girlfriend, Nancy Putkoski, in 1985. They divorced in 2005. Two years later he married MMA fighter Ottavia Busia, welcoming a daughter, Ariane, who in the same year.

“I was 50 when I became a father of a little girl. I Was finally old enough to be qualified for the job. Ariane has me around her finger,” Bourdain told The Guardian in 2013. “I can realistically hope for is that she feels loved. That she has a high self-esteem. And a good martial-arts skills.”

Bourdain and Busia divorced in 2016. He started dating Argento, the Italian actress, in 2017 after they met while Bourdain was in Rome filming “s Unknown.”

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