Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room in France on Friday, June 8, leaving colleagues, friends, and admirers shocked and grieving. In the hours after CNN confirmed the news, many took to social media to share their sorrow while lauding his work as a storyteller, food critic, and cultural reporter.
Through his best-selling book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly and almost two decades as a revered food and travel TV host, Bourdain not only entertained, but also taught many people about culinary and culture around the globe. Several celebrities thanked the chef for bringing the world into their homes through that common passion point — food.
Others pointed out the important work he did to elevate voices and perspectives too often ignored within the food industry and beyond.
Bourdain was in France filming for Parts Unknown when French chef and close friend Eric Ripert reportedly found him unresponsive in his hotel room on Friday morning. CNN said in a statement that Bourdain died of suicide. In the wake of his death, many on Twitter have spoken about the importance of resources for those who are struggling, reminding people that help is available if they are able to reach out for it, and nudging others to offer support to loved ones.
And some also sent their condolences to Bourdain’s friends and family.
Argento herself posted a heartfelt note about her partner’s passing.
If you need help or know someone else who does, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also text HOME to 741741 for free, 24-hour support from the Crisis Text Line.
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