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Anthony Bourdain, chef and TV host, dead at 61

Anthony Bourdain, chef and TV host, dead at 61

Bourdain's death has been widely reported as an apparent suicide.

Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room Friday in France while working on his series on culinary traditions around the world.

Asia Argento, actress and girlfriend of late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, has made a statement about his death. "We'll miss him." Photographed by Pete Souza, Obama's official White House photographer, the duo could be seen sitting on plastic stools and enjoying local beer. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly hard time", the network said. "His brilliant fearless spirit touched and inspired many, and his generosity knew no bounds".

Meanwhile, business analyst Darren Rovell tweeted, "Devastated to learn of Anthony Bourdain, whom I admired from afar".

He first came to prominence outside of the culinary world for a New Yorker article on the underbelly of life in restaurant kitchens, and then with his New York Times bestselling book "Kitchen Confidential". "'Remember when you asked me if I was a feminist, and I was afraid to say yes?' he said, in that growling, companionable voice", recalls Rosner.




The fashion designer was found hanged in her apartment on Tuesday. His insatiable curiosity to learn and taste the world, his expansive palate, his love of words and food, both of which superbly complemented each other - all of that started in Jersey. "We were watching the Vietnam episode of Parts Unknown just last night".

Bourdain said he really had no idea that anyone outside the world of chefs would even pay attention to his comments. He used Parts Unknown to show Americans the weird and wild parts of their own country with episodes on Koreatown in Los Angeles, New Mexico, Detroit, the Mississippi Delta, Montana and West Virginia.

"I think the record will show that I have been casually cruel to famous women who I've never met", he told Boston magazine lifestyle editor Abby Bielagus when he was here in Boston this past November. "That I'm a dad, that I'm not a half-bad cook, that I can make a good coq au vin".

Bourdain, born in New York City, had been open in the past about his history with substance abuse. "I want to extend my condolences, and also to the family of Kate Spade". Anthony was a larger than life personality with so much talent. He became an executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in 1998.

Editor's note: If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.


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