The Food World and Beyond Reacts to Anthony Bourdain's Death
The passing of beloved TV host, author, and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, who died unexpectedly Friday morning at age 61, is sending shock waves through the food world and beyond. Hordes of fans, friends, and colleagues have taken to Twitter and Instagram to pay tribute to the globe-trotting culinary superstar, offering up memories of the influential and irreverent star, and their devastation over the sudden loss.
Bourdain, whose various television series earned him famous friends, accolades, and admirers all over the world, was found dead from suicide in France, where he was working on an episode of his show, Parts Unknown. CNN confirmed his death in a statement, saying, "His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time."
Actress and director Asia Argento, who Bourdain started dating in 2016, issued a statement, describing him as her "rock" and "protector."
Many others -- food industry figures, celebrities, among others -- shared their tributes, condolences, and reactions.
A piece of my heart is truly broken this morning. And the irony, the sad cruel irony is that the last year he’d never been happier. The rest of my heart aches for the 3 amazing women he left behind.— Andrew Zimmern (@andrewzimmern) June 8, 2018
Tony was a symphony. I wish everyone could have seen all of him. A true friend.
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
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
“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
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
I've rewritten this over & over. @Bourdain had a huge influence on my career even before I met him & worked w/ him. I talked about wanting a show like his when he was on the Travel channel, before he was regarded as the actual most interesting man in the world. #SuicidePrevention pic.twitter.com/nizOgpNibd— Warriors Will Win Another Championship! Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) 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
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
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
At a time in my career when people still looked through me at parties to see if someone more important was on the other side, Bourdain shook my hand and asked me what I care about. I’ve paid the gift forward in a thousand handshakes since.— Jordana Rothman (@jordanarothman) 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
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
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
If a life can be measured by the number of other lives it inspired, enlightened, enraged, delighted, provoked, instructed, touched, and ultimately devastated...Anthony Bourdain’s sits atop the list. Beyond stunned. Hug someone you love today.— Danny Meyer (@dhmeyer) June 8, 2018
Oh Tony. Oh no. Sitting here weeping. There will never be another like you. Really tragic loss.— ruthreichl (@ruthreichl) June 8, 2018
My friend..I know you are on a Ferry going to somewhere amazing.....you still had so many places to show us, whispering to our souls the great possibilities beyond what we could see with our own eyes...you only saw beauty in all https://t.co/Ltw9HrCBb2 will always travel with me https://t.co/Yv4Ntud6X0— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) June 8, 2018
Anthony Bourdain was a chef contemporary, a friend and an icon for chefs as well as others around the world. He had a uniqueness that opened many worlds to many people through food and hospitality. It’s truly a sad day and my heart grieves for his family. Rest in peace Anthony. pic.twitter.com/FI65knn53P— Geoffrey Zakarian (@gzchef) June 8, 2018
I ate with Bourdain. Probably 2004. He was big even then but he took time to sit with me in Chinatown to talk “weird” food for a magazine piece I was writing. He taught me that our “weird” is the world’s delicious. We ate chicken feet. The afternoon vibrated with life. RIP— John Hodgman (@hodgman) June 8, 2018
Tony always made fun of me because I had a hard time calling him Tony — he’s Anthony Bourdain, the whole name. His death is an inexpressible tragedy.— your friend Helen (@hels) June 8, 2018
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