Anthony Bourdain, Revered Chef & Storyteller, Has Died

Irene MckinneyJun 10, 2018

Following official confirmation of Bourdain's death from his employer, CNN, Argento took to Twitter on Friday to pay tribute. CNN said he was found hanging in an apparent suicide. "That was some good food", Bourdain said of his bean supper in 2010.

Chef Anthony Bourdain samples Chilean corn pie in Jumbo Emapandas restaurant in Kensington Market in Toronto Tuesday April 2, 2002.

Anthony Bourdain leaves behind girlfriend Asia, pictured, and his 11-year-old daughter.

Following the devastating news, the star's mother Gladys Bourdain said her son was "the last person in the world" she would expect to take their own life.

Chandra, who went to the same culinary school as Bourdain in NY, remembers meeting him in 2001.

Potee, a family physician and addiction specialist, remembers him being very respectful of kitchen staff but his producers being very protective of his privacy, which led her to believe that he was actually an introvert in an extrovert's profession - a hard thing to pull off.

One day the local blogs were abuzz with the news that Bourdain and his crew were in town shooting The Layover. I actually wrote about the experience as one of the very first posts on

The reports have said that his death is a "developing story". "His brilliant fearless spirit touched and inspired many, and his generosity knew no bounds".

After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in 1978, Bourdain went on to establish himself in New York's culinary scene, where he ran the kitchens of prestigious restaurants including One Fifth Avenue. "He was my love, my rock, my protector", she said on Twitter. Then we chatted for a little while about making TV shows. "Bourdain was open about his history of drug abuse". He became executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in 1998.

He authored several books, including "No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach", "Kitchen Confidential" and "A Cook's Tour". "Of all the professions, after all, few people are less suited to be suddenly thrown into the public eye than chefs". Yet there was more than a sense of wistfulness about times gone by.

The Boston chef community was incredibly inspired by Tony Bourdain.

If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting 741741. As "Parts Unknown" producer Chris Collins told The New Yorker previous year, Bourdain came to insist that episodes include more footage of daily life than that of him eating, adopting a mantra of "more B [-roll], less me".

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