Anthony Bourdain Mourned By Hollywood
Beloved television personality Anthony Bourdain died on Friday in an apparent suicide, and Hollywood was quick to remember the Parts Unknown host. Erin Nyren, staff editor of the well known entertainment industry news magazine Variety, brought the testimony of several members of Anthony Bourdain entourage in a very touching remembrance.
In addition to mourning Bourdain, many urged others who may be depressed or considering suicide to find help. Bourdain’s death came just three days after the death by suicide of fashion designer Kate Spade.
Bourdain’s partner, actress Asia Argento, shared a touching message following his death: “Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did (…).”
President Barack Obama, who appeared on an episode of Parts Unknown (in Hanoi, Vietnam), honored Anthony Bourdain on social media.
“‘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,” Obama tweeted.
Chef Eric Ripert, who was the one to discover Anthony Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room, tweeted a photo of the two and said, “Anthony was my best friend. An exceptional human being, so inspiring & generous. One of the great storytellers who connected w so many. I pray he is at peace from the bottom of my heart. My love & prayers are also w his family, friends and loved ones.”
“I was saddened to hear of the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain,” wrote Bryan Cranston. “It illustrates that success is not immune to depression. We all need to be more aware of our friends who are suffering.”
“Stunned and saddened by the loss of Anthony Bourdain,” wrote Gordon Ramsay. “He brought the world into our homes and inspired so many people to explore cultures and cities through their food.”
“Anthony. One of my idols,” cookbook author Christine Teigen wrote on Twitter. “Unapologetic, passionate and one of the best storytellers on the planet. Thank you for making food so exciting.”
“I’ve just woken to the tragic news about Anthony Bourdain,” Everybody Loves Raymond creator and Somebody Feed Phil host Phil Rosenthal tweeted. “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.”
Television chef and author Sandra Lee, who Bourdain had criticized in the past, said Bourdain was larger than life.
“I am shocked – Anthony was a larger than life personality with so much talent,” she said, “He was a gifted, smart, articulate man and even though he could be incredibly critical, especially of me, somehow that was part of his charm. The food entertainment business is a family and every member has their place with a unique personality – we all have a voice within our family and we always stick together. That does not mean we always agree or get along but we all truly love and adore one another, no matter what. I am so very sad. The food entertainment family has lost their bad boy and he will be greatly missed.”