Celebrities, friends take to social media to mourn Anthony Bourdain
Bourdain's colleagues, friends and fans flooded social media, celebrating the impact the chef made on the culinary community and beyond
Anthony Bourdain who is considered to be one of the most celebrated and beloved chefs of our time died Friday morning of an apparent suicide at the age of 61. CNN confirmed the story and said that the lifeless body of the beloved storyteller was found by Bourdain’s close friend Eric Ripert in his hotel room on Friday morning.
Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning CNN series 'Parts Unknown'. He appeared to have taken his own life by hanging himself in his hotel room in Strasbourg, France.
On learning of his death, the network issued a statement. "It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain. His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time."
His death has shocked the culinary world and many of his colleagues and friends have been mourning the loss. A lot of them have even taken to their respective social media accounts to pay tribute to the famous chef.
In a tweet posted recently, Christiane Amanpour, the Chief International Correspondent at CNN, said, "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."
Celebrity chef Ramsay Gordon also took to Twitter to offer his condolences. "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"
Other professional chefs, including Nigella Lawson, shared their tributes for the deceased celeb chef. She wrote on Twitter. "Heartbroken to hear about Tony Bourdain’s death. Unbearable for his family and girlfriend. Am going off twitter for a while."
Apart from the culinary world, celebrities from all over have found Bourdain's death extremely distressing. Most of them have been giving out helpline numbers in their social media posts, in a bid to carve the growing number of suicide rates in the industry.
Actress Mandy Moore wrote, "This is utterly heartbreaking. Thank you for opening our eyes to parts of the world both cherished and unknown. What a legacy. Sending peace and love to his family. If you or someone you love needs help, please reach out or call 1-800-273-TALK."
Bourdain was a huge believer in the #MeToo movement that took the world, along with the film industry by storm recently, which might be one of the reasons why even Rose McGowan took to tears on hearing about the death of the beloved CNN host.
She said, "Anthony I am so mad at you. You were so loved, the world is not better without you. I have a message for those considering suicide as a solution to a temporary problem. Please call a hotline. Please reach out. Asia needed you, Anthony. We needed you. Please come back."