Hollywood Mourns Anthony Bourdain
Alec Baldwin, Rose McGowan, Mandy Moore, Megyn Kelly, Tina Brown, Mike Huckabee and Bourdain's partner, Asia Argento, were just some of the public figures to remember the chef and urge others to get help.
Hollywood stars and other public figures were quick to take to social media to weigh in on the shocking death of famed chef Anthony Bourdain. He was 61.
Bourdain — who hadn't posted anything on social media for four days — was in Strasbourg, France working on an upcoming episode for his award-winning CNN original series Parts Unknown, which he's hosted for five years. The 11th season premiered last month.
According to CNN, his close friend and chef Eric Ripert found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning; the production crew were also there.
In addition to mourning Bourdain, a number of stars urged awareness about depression and warning signs and advised anyone who needs help that they could call the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
Bourdain's suicide is the second in less than a week by a high-profile public figure after fashion designer Kate Spade killed herself by hanging earlier in the week.
The news also comes as the CDC recently reported that U.S. suicide rates have increased in nearly every state, in some by as much as 58 percent, since 1999.
Bourdain's partner, actress Asia Argento, Alec Baldwin, Rose McGowan, Mandy Moore, Megyn Kelly, Tina Brown, Mike Huckabee, President Obama's White House photographer Pete Souza, 13 Reasons Why actor Christian Navarro and film director Lexi Alexander were just some of the public figures to remember Bourdain and urge others to get help.
Speaking to a pool of reporters, President Donald Trump said, "It's very sad. I want to extend to his family my heartfelt condolences. That was very shocking when I woke up this morning: Anthony Bourdain is dead. I enjoyed his show; he was quite a character. I just want to extend my condolences, and also to the family of Kate Spade."
Director Darren Aronofsky, who worked with Bourdain on Parts Unknown, shared his condolences in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
"Devastated. I don’t feel much else. Tony was a loyal friend and an inspiration. Always sensitive, always connected, always inquisitive, always fun. We had great times exploring Madagascar and Bhutan together," the filmmaker said. "I will never forget his spirit, his conviction, his professionalism, his passion, his love for his daughter, his love for Asia and her kids, his vision, his stories, his drive for justice, and his wicked sense of humor. Thank you Tony."
Top Chef regular and restauranteur David Burke also issued a statement to THR. "The irony is that everyone would have loved Anthony's job and was envious of it, but you never know what's going on in someone's head. He brought to light a lot of what goes on in the restaurant industry and how hard people work," he said. "I had the pleasure of judging Top Chef at David Burke Townhouse with Anthony and Tom Colicchio and we spent a couple of days together."
Burke continued: "We are all Jersey guys and good with the one-liners but he was particularly quick witted and on point. The contestants had to prepare dishes using snack food like popcorn and peanuts and I remember he tasted one dish and commented, 'I feel like I just licked the bottom of a movie theater floor.' He wasn't in the restaurant business so those weren't his stresses, but he obviously was a struggling human being."
Chef Wolfgang Puck told THR: "I am deeply saddened by the loss of one of the greatest contributors to the culinary world. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Rest in peace Anthony Bourdain."
In an email to employees, CNN president Jeff Zucker remembered Bourdain as an "exceptional talent," writing, "Tony will be greatly missed not only for his work but also for the passion with which he did it."
How Bourdain is being mourned:
Stunned & horrified by death of vibrant, brilliant Anthony Bourdain who opened America's eyes to worlds unknown with so much culture, joy and understanding.— Tina Brown (@TinaBrownLM) June 8, 2018
Ohh nooo! Anthony Bourdain!!!! Be at peace, brother.— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) June 8, 2018
Anthony Bourdain was a hero of human curiosity. I never met him, but I know I will miss him.— Terry Moran (@TerryMoran) June 8, 2018
"If I'm an advocate for anything, it's to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. Walk in someone else's shoes or at least eat their food. It's a plus for everybody.”— Emily Giffin (@emilygiffin) June 8, 2018
Goodbye, Anthony Bourdain. You will be missed.
Anthony Bourdain committed suicide. I feel sick to my stomach. He inspired me to travel the world and get over my fear of flying. I was lucky enough to meet him on one of my flights. I can't breathe— Andy Milonakis (@andymilonakis) June 8, 2018
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. https://t.co/mkht3wTY5m— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) June 8, 2018
Incredibly sad news about Anthony Bourdain. Sending such love to his family, including his CNN family, who must be hurting terribly today. If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, please remember, help is right here: Nat’l Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) June 8, 2018
Also thinking of @AsiaArgento today. Keep her in your prayers. Rest In Peace Anthony Bourdain.— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) June 8, 2018
Sadness & prayers for Anthony Bourdain. Dead at 61.— Jeanine Pirro (@JudgeJeanine) June 8, 2018
I will never forget Anthony Bourdain's smile and laugh. @Bourdain was the warmest presence when he walked in any room. He taught us all so much about culture, life and living each day fully. You will be dearly missed, Anthony.— Poppy Harlow (@PoppyHarlowCNN) June 8, 2018
RIP Anthony Bourdain.— alex kapranos (@alkapranos) June 8, 2018
I read and loved Kitchen Confidential while I was working as a chef at Groucho St Jude in Glasgow. It was the first book since Down & Out In Paris & London that captured some of the intensity, danger and excitement of life in a kitchen.
Anthony Bourdain's suicide a sobering reminder of how fragile life is and that we never know what's going on inside of another. Suicide is rarely a person acting, but rather being acted upon by the disease of clinical depression. We are all vulnerable. So very sad.— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) June 8, 2018
Now, Anthony Bourdain. How terribly sad!— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) June 8, 2018
Please, please, let us treat mental illness, depression and suicide as health issues, not defects of character. That stigma is part of what prevents people from getting help they need. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
RIP Anthony Bourdain. Friend of Palestine. Great ally to women. This is an unbelievable loss. https://t.co/dlX7PDL149— Lexi Alexander (@Lexialex) June 8, 2018
Fuck Suicide. This Anthony Bourdain news rocked me. So sad. My heart goes out to his daughter.— Christian Navarro (@ChristianLN0821) June 8, 2018
Wow. Anthony bourdain. Soo shocking and sad.— Dane DeHaan (@danedehaan) June 8, 2018
Crushing and sad about Anthony Bourdain.— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) June 8, 2018
Regardless of how people spar over certain issues, this is tragic news.@Bourdain
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. pic.twitter.com/kqOEdJ80h9— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) June 8, 2018
Maybe we all wanted to hang out with him. He was that cool, fun, frank, insightful. He introduced us to distant lands and to people with different traditions. And without ever preaching, he reminded us that we humans are far more alike than different. Thank you Anthony Bourdain pic.twitter.com/QMznx4JMhS— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) June 8, 2018
My heart is broken for my sweet friend @AsiaArgento. ... Anthony Bourdain— om (@oliviamunn) June 8, 2018
Through his cooking, his humor, and his love of sharing new cultures, Anthony Bourdain brought happiness to millions of people. I'm so sad that he ultimately couldn't find it for himself.— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) June 8, 2018
We have lost one of the greatest storytellers in the world Anthony Bourdain. He took us around the world sharing food culture and mostly the connection between people. He will be missed.— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) June 8, 2018
Tragic news about Anthony Bourdain. Such energy being in his presence. Hanoi, Vietnam 2015 pic.twitter.com/sRKAzvPLds— Pete Souza (@PeteSouza) June 8, 2018
Rest n Peace Anthony Bourdain. My heart aches for his daughter n family left to pick up the pieces. I’m getting weary going through this ritual of morning and bewilderment. Depression is a roaring beast devouring so many good souls among us. So so sad...— David Alan Grier (@davidalangrier) June 8, 2018
Deeply saddened by the losses we’ve had this week. Kate Spade, now Anthony Bourdain, and who knows how many others in the world. Hopefully these tragedies open up the conversations of mental illness even more.— Cassadee Pope (@CassadeePope) June 8, 2018
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— Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) June 8, 2018
I have to say I’m in total shock to hear that the amazing @Bourdain has just died he really broke the mould, pushed the culinary conversation, Rest in peace chef thoughts and love to all his family and close friends xxxxxxxxxxx pic.twitter.com/HB7sV7CeRH— Jamie Oliver (@jamieoliver) June 8, 2018
Damn it, Tony.— Adam Richman (@AdamRichman) June 8, 2018
I’ll always love you, pal.
Always be grateful.
Never gonna stop wondering why, though.
My heart is with you, wherever you are. Sending strength to your daughter.
Thank you, thank you - a thousand thousand thank you’s for everything.@Bourdain
Heartbroken to hear about Tony Bourdain’s death. Unbearable for his family and girlfriend. Am going off twitter for a while— Nigella Lawson (@Nigella_Lawson) June 8, 2018
As @NASA searches for life on Mars, we lose the life of beloved Anthony Bourdain on Earth. Implicit and explicit reminders of how precious life is, anywhere in the universe.— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) June 8, 2018
RIP doubtful. Tony’s restless spirit will roam the earth in search of justice, truth and a great bowl of noodles. @Bourdain— Tom Colicchio (@tomcolicchio) June 8, 2018
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.— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) June 8, 2018
Anthony was a major MeToo supporter. He strongly defended our rights; he spoke up publicly for us. He was that vital male partner. I am humbled and forever grateful that one of his last major projects was believing in and becoming EP of my recent CNN series on the lives of women.— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) June 8, 2018
Stunned. Why?— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) June 8, 2018
I knew Bourdain a bit. Late ‘90s, after Noise Funk on B’way, I used to hang at Sullivan’s where he was chef. Would run into him later from time to time - on a plane, at some joint somewhere. But I knew him better as a rally cry for living in the world! Paris? Sacre bleu. To life!— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) June 8, 2018
Gutted to hear we’ve lost @Bourdain. If you are ever feeling alone, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1 (800) 273-8255.— Buddy Valastro (@CakeBossBuddy) June 8, 2018
My deepest condolences to his families and loved ones. He sometimes spoke of his battle with depression. I am saddened to hear it took him from us while he still had so much left to share. https://t.co/MDMXlDZdNX— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) June 8, 2018
Truly devastated about @Bourdain. I have no words. Please if you need help, reach out. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps) June 8, 2018
Anthony. One of my idols. Unapologetic, passionate and one of the best storytellers on the planet. Thank you for making food so exciting. And always standing up for everything right. Horrible. Why why why. Be at peace now :(— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 8, 2018
National Suicide Hotline— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) June 8, 2018
1 800 273 8255
I’ve brushed up against this darkness and I know it’s a tempting exit but REACH OUT to ANYONE. Stay on this side of it — in the light and warmth. Where you get to try again, every day.
Anthony Bourdain lived in a way that most of us should. A seeker of the unknown & a man who exposed magnificent parts of the world to us through our TVs. I don’t even know what to say, this makes me so damn sad. I truly loved him & what he stood for.— Lucy Hale (@lucyhale) June 8, 2018
Two high profile people in one week. So tragic. This will hopefully get us all to focus on mental illness and depression. https://t.co/rP8svQDO6s— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) June 8, 2018
Oh my God @Bourdain has taken his life. People are in unmanageable pain. This is my wake up call today. We have to help those who cannot help themselves.— Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) June 8, 2018
Man I can’t believe Anthony Bourdain killed himself. It’s so sad cause he looked like guy who lived life. You never know what’s going on with people yo. Be kind to folks. Shit be kind to yourself. It’s easier said than done but ask for help!! Mental heath is real!! #pleasenomore— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) June 8, 2018
.@WillieGeist interviewed Anthony Bourdain in 2017, an interview that captured the many wonderful things about the chef – his honesty, his authenticity and his hatred of all things pumpkin spice.— TODAY (@TODAYshow) June 8, 2018
This is how we’ll remember him. pic.twitter.com/fBhzRSOSxz
#anthonybourdainisdead— Val Kilmer (@valkilmer) June 8, 2018
Oh the darkness.
Oh the dark thick pain of loss. The selfishness.
How many moments away were you from feeling the love that was universal. From every corner of the world you were loved. So selfish. You’ve given us cause to be so angry. See my Facebook...
Goodbye, Anthony Bourdain. The world is less interesting today. Thank you for all you gave us— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) June 8, 2018
Awful, awful news. What a fascinating, beautiful person. RIP Anthony Bourdain https://t.co/Vs2ubHxDod— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) June 8, 2018
In the depths of depression, it is possible to believe that the people we love most would be better off without us. But this is not so. For families, the legacy of suicide is one of lasting pain. Because you are loved— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) June 8, 2018
Help is waiting. Call suicide hotline: 1-800-273-8255
When I traveled to some exotic place I’d not been before -the last were Beirut and Amman- I’d text Bourdain & ask where I should eat. He gave the best, most fun recommendations. I’d like to think he’s scouting out the best watering holes and places to eat in heaven, right now.— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) June 8, 2018
We are saddened to learn about the passing of Anthony Bourdain, who will forever be a part of the Bravo & Top Chef family. The world he traveled will miss him dearly. pic.twitter.com/0vUqWYDkCk— Bravotv (@Bravotv) June 8, 2018
You know why I don’t eat airplane food? Cause Anthony Bourdain told me not to. When he talked. We listened. So sad his sorrow was too much to bear. We’re gonna miss seeing u travel the world & reminding us to try new things and embrace people we’ve never met. #RIPAnthonyBourdain— Lena Waithe (@LenaWaithe) June 8, 2018
“In Bourdain’s recollection, his original pitch for the series was, roughly, ‘I travel around the world, eat a lot of shit, and basically do whatever the fuck I want.’” https://t.co/n10aM0TAVL— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) June 8, 2018
Tony Bourdain started out feeding people, and then moved on to showcasing the foreign in a way that forced us to face the similarity of all humanness. He leaves a beautiful legacy.— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) June 8, 2018
Just heard. Cannot process it yet. My condolences to Asia and his family. Such sorrow- the world has lost a good man. https://t.co/rBOxTblerJ— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) June 8, 2018
Anthony was devoted not only to @AsiaArgento but to the justice she and other Weinstein survivors were denied for so long. His righteous anger and his “small, random acts of kindness and sincerity” is what I will remember most about him. https://t.co/3XrQHJGklv— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 8, 2018
Anthony Bourdain was a genius, a warrior, a survivor & a fearless friend. He was also very humane. Some of us battle monsters. Humans let their guards down. Monsters monster. #RipAnthony This World Lost A Very Good Man.— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) June 8, 2018
Forever with me Tony. Looking at the spoon tattoo we share fills my heart with so much sadness today, but forever will be a reminder that you believed in me.I am forever indebted to this passionate great man. Truly heartbroken today. #RIPBourdain pic.twitter.com/aYZtP8hr8Q— Ludo Lefebvre (@chefludo) June 8, 2018
I’m shocked and extremely saddened by the tragic loss of such an inspiring man. Tony was a great soul, a mentor, a friend, a father, and an incredible chef.— Emeril Lagasse (@Emeril) June 8, 2018
Tony Bourdain was one of my heroes. He taught me to see the world with fearless curiosity, to eat, to write with voice, to inquire, to bad boy, to adventure...to live. I’m devastated. Thank you for what you gave us, Tony.— Zeke Smith (@zekerchief) June 8, 2018
His swagger, his prose, his grit. Tony didn’t give a fuck the way most of us wish we could. That’s what made him special. Right now He, Bukowski, Hemingway and Wilde are splitting a bottle of scotch, swapping war stories, prepared to drink each other under the table, with verve. pic.twitter.com/8aLrv2MjSf— Tyler Florence (@TylerFlorence) June 8, 2018
“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. pic.twitter.com/orEXIaEMZM— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 8, 2018
1. My heart is broken. Anthony Bourdain was so good to me and a big reason I'm still doing what I'm doing. In January I fell into a deep depression for the first time in my life. Having never dealt with it in the past, I was unprepared. Tony helped me save myself 1 text at a time— Yashar Ali(@yashar) June 8, 2018
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. pic.twitter.com/LbIeZK14ia— Eric Ripert (@ericripert) June 8, 2018
Tony took us to places we’ve never been and made us all want to pack our bags. He introduced us to people we’ve never met but made us feel like old friends. We all got to sit at his table wherever he went and eat and drink like kings. A courageous storyteller. Always pithy, passionate, flawed yet perfect. You were an idol to so many of us. You will never be forgotten. May your darkness fade to light. Peace be with you sir.
The kitchen lights are dim today. Tony was a force at the pass & beyond. He was cool & irreverent. His life & work are a testament to the power of cooking to make the world a kinder, more connected place. My thoughts are with his daughter, family & the countless lives he touched. pic.twitter.com/QdR2DKf7mr— Thomas Keller (@Chef_Keller) June 8, 2018
We have lost one of best the US has to offer. Anthony was all the independence and curiosity of the fevered American dream coupled with an honest and considerate love of people and otherness. To travel humbly and fight to show this humanity, was the character of a true diplomat.— Cole M. Sprouse (@colesprouse) June 8, 2018
Anthony Bourdain was an example of what loved ones should be to survivors of abuse. He embraced and supported his partner Asia, encouraged her to speak and spent his last days defending her and other survivors. If you’re in crisis: 800.273.8255. To give: https://t.co/8z6L68EOGF.— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) June 8, 2018