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Anthony Bourdain's death stuns girlfriend Asia Argento and celebrity admirers

Anthony Bourdain's death stuns girlfriend Asia Argento and celebrity admirers
A photo of Anthony Bourdain from his book "Appetites." (Bobby Fisher)

Chef Anthony Bourdain, whose visceral prose invigorated his roving culinary programs, was mourned by fellow chefs, writers and fans Friday.

Bourdain was found dead of an apparent suicide in a hotel room in France, CNN confirmed Friday, and many woke up with feelings of shock and disbelief that the lauded epicurean adventurer had allegedly taken his own life.

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CNN, which was home to his latest food program, “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” remembered him as a friend and colleague.

“His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller,” the network said.

His girlfriend, actress Asia Argento, who was among the women who accused producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, also released a statement Friday.

“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,” she wrote on Twitter.

Here’s a collection of other reactions pouring in Friday morning.

As with the death of designer Kate Spade earlier this week, Bourdain’s death also sparked discussions of mental health and suicide prevention. It remained unclear whether Bourdain suffered from any such illness at the time of his death.

In noting Bourdain’s death, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline tweeted a reminder for those posing a similar risk to themselves.

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“Please know you are never alone, no matter how dark or lonely things may seem. If you’re struggling, reach out: call @800273TALK. We're here for you, 24/7/365.”

9:40 a.m. This story was updated to include more reactions.

This story was was originally published at 8:25 a.m.

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