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."

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