It’s the second such tragic celebrity death this week. He leaves behind a young daughter and a girlfriend.
First Kate Spade, and now Anthony Bourdain.
Both celebrities were found hanged in apparent suicides mere days apart.
For decades, he worked 13-hour days as a line cook in restaurants in New York and the Northeast before he became executive chef in the 1990s at Brasserie Les Halles in Manhattan, serving steak frites and onion soup. He had been an executive chef for eight years when he sent an unsolicited article to The New Yorker about the dark side of the restaurant world and its deceptions.
For the past two years, Mr. Bourdain had been dating the actor Asia Argento. “Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did,” Ms. Argento said Friday on Twitter. “His brilliant fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds. He was my love, my rock, my protector. I am beyond devastated.”
Celebrities in the food and entertainment worlds expressed deep shock and disbelief. Nigella Lawson, the British cookbook author and television personality, tweeted, “Heartbroken to hear about Tony Bourdain’s death. Unbearable for his family and girlfriend. Am going off twitter for a while.”
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
His death has rocked the culinary world.
Hopefully, the silver lining from this sad ending will be that others in crisis will seek the help they need to keep going.