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.
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.
totally unprepared for the loss of Anthony Bourdain.— Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates) June 8, 2018
one of the nicest people I've ever met--& so genuinely a celebrant of communities & their foods--which had, for Anthony, a spiritual value.
“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. pic.twitter.com/orEXIaEMZM— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 8, 2018
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— Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) June 8, 2018
Heartbroken to hear about Tony Bourdain’s death. Unbearable for his family and girlfriend. Am going off twitter for a while— Nigella Lawson (@Nigella_Lawson) June 8, 2018
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.
“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.”
According to AFSP, there are nearly 45,000 suicides every year in the US. Shocking. I was saddened to hear of the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. RIP. It illustrates that success is not immune to depression. We all need to be more aware of our friends who are suffering— Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) June 8, 2018
Tony Bourdain: generous with his food, his heart, his support and his story. The one breakfast I had with him was so full that I’ve feasted on it for years. A brilliant bard of the underbelly who connected us all to worlds we didn’t understand. We need him now more than ever.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) June 8, 2018
National Suicide Hotline— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) June 8, 2018
1 800 273 8255
I’ve brushed up against this darkness and I know it’s a tempting exit but REACH OUT to ANYONE. Stay on this side of it — in the light and warmth. Where you get to try again, every day.
In my deepest, darkest post-partum depression, I would have personally never called a phone number. If John or my doctor never reached out, I would have never even known. It really can be a lonely hole. Watch the people you love and don’t be afraid to speak up.— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 8, 2018
His wisdom, his insight, his humor, his compassion, his staunch resistance to the inauthentic and support of all that resonates from the heart, and his passion for life that he shared with the us....Its difficult to process a world without Anthony Bourdain.— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) June 8, 2018
I was lucky enough to meet Anthony Bourdain years ago. He was such a nice guy & has always been a hero of mine. I feel so sad that he was suffering and so many of us never knew. RIP Anthony but know that so many of us will miss you terribly. You were a true original. pic.twitter.com/DVimpEYvCU— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) June 8, 2018
We have lost one of the greatest storytellers in the world Anthony Bourdain. He took us around the world sharing food culture and mostly the connection between people. He will be missed.— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) June 8, 2018
My husband once came up with this idea to order the cuisine type of a particular Bourdain episode and then watch it. So when you’re seeing and craving the food - you get to have it! Highly recommend this magical endeavor #AnthonyBourdain you will be missed ❤️— Chelsea Peretti (@chelseaperetti) June 8, 2018
Anthony Bourdain’s shows sparked my own passion for food and travel, and experiencing culture through food. So shocked and heartbroken for him and his loved ones. Damn.— Melissa Fumero (@melissafumero) June 8, 2018
Everyone eat well today, for many reasons. And if it’s with a loved one, even better. ❤️— JoeLoTruglio (@JoeLoTruglio) June 8, 2018
RIP Anthony Bourdain. I’ve read your books and watched almost every episode of your shows for a decade.. I’ve always told people u had the true dream job, you changed the way I looked at touring & seeing the world: you’ll be missed. #RIPAnthony pic.twitter.com/7eEK6kAdUh— Ryan Tedder (@RyanTedder) June 8, 2018
Devastated to learn we have lost one of the greats: Anthony Bourdain. Through his show he taught us more about the history, politics and flavors of so many cultures with his remarkable intelligence, wit and humanity. So so sad. Our sincere condolences to his family. RIP @Bourdain pic.twitter.com/eqkLBbCou5— Cary Elwes (@Cary_Elwes) June 8, 2018
Stunning. Anthony Bourdain has died of a suicide. Man, folks can talk all day about success and money, but we NEVER know what others are dealing with on the inside.— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) June 8, 2018
I’m gutted by this week. Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain, and countless other souls who weren’t public figures but still felt that ceasing to exist was the answer.— Patti Murin (@PattiMurin) June 8, 2018
I see you. I hear you. Please reach out. You’re winning the battle with every breath and moment you choose life.
So sad to hear about Anthony Bourdain’s passing. I always imagined he had the best life - food, travel and adventures galore. A reminder that depression has no relation to outward success. 1-800-273-8255 for help, 24/7— Ben McKenzie (@ben_mckenzie) June 8, 2018
devastated by the losses of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. we must continue to destigmatize depression, anxiety & a therapist. it’s ok to seek help. In fact it’s incredibly wise.— Dan Reynolds (@DanReynolds) June 8, 2018
you are not broken. the future has so much in store for you. please never take your life from us.
Anthony Bourdain lived in a way that most of us should. A seeker of the unknown & a man who exposed magnificent parts of the world to us through our TVs. I don’t even know what to say, this makes me so damn sad. I truly loved him & what he stood for.— Lucy Hale (@lucyhale) June 8, 2018
This is so awful.— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 8, 2018
Anthony Bourdain, 61, has died. He took his own life.
He was in France working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning CNN series. His close friend Eric Ripert, the French chef, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning.
I’ve just woken to the tragic news about Anthony Bourdain. I always considered him a superhero, and a direct inspiration. In his ground breaking shows, he embodied the spirit of travel, adventure, and strove to make the world a true community. RIP.— Phil Rosenthal (@PhilRosenthal) June 8, 2018
I worked back of the house prep in college and grad school. After reading Kitchen Confidential, that very same job felt so much cooler. Great food was no longer about the stuffy and elite. Bourdain made anyone with a knife feel like a rock and roll guitarist. RIP.— Chris Sacca (@sacca) June 8, 2018
Goodbye, Anthony Bourdain. The world is less interesting today. Thank you for all you gave us— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) June 8, 2018
ANTHONY BOURDAIN ON HOW HE'D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED: "Maybe that I grew up a little. // That I'm a dad, that I'm not a half-bad cook, that I can make a good coq au vin. That would be nice. And not such a bad bastard after all." (from 2015 interview with Wine Spectator magazine) pic.twitter.com/VVKmED39IF— Chris Donovan (@chrisdonovan) June 8, 2018
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9:40 a.m. This story was updated to include more reactions.
This story was was originally published at 8:25 a.m.