Violier, 44, died Sunday of shotgun wounds believed to be self-inflicted, according to The Guardian. He'd been in great spirits since his restaurant's big recognition, per a Telegraph report, but someone close to the famous chef said something happened last Tuesday that left Violier “troubled ever since" and that he "was not the same man."
"I feel a heavy responsibility to be named number one,” Violier told the New York Times shortly after his restaurant's achievement.
The French-Swiss chef's alleged suicide is not the first documented case of a world-famous chef taking his own life, either, as Violier's death has drawn immediate comparisons to the suicide of Bernard Loiseau, who shot and killed himself in 2003 after losing points in the Gault&Millau guide and amid speculation he'd lose one of his Michelin stars. In fact, Loiseau's restaurant, Relais Bernard Loiseau, lost that third star this week, to which his widow expressed "shock."