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CNN's Anthony Bourdain dead at 61

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New York (CNN)Anthony Bourdain, a gifted storyteller and writer who took CNN viewers around the world, has died. He was 61.

CNN confirmed Bourdain's death on Friday and said the cause of death was suicide.
"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," the network said in a statement Friday morning. "His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. 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."
Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning CNN series "Parts Unknown." His close friend Eric Ripert, the French chef, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning.

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wtf is going on with the world...
I came here expecting it to be a food related death like high cholesterol or something...
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nose candy? heart popped?
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nose candy? heart popped?
NM... suicide...
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Damn, I figured he ate a poisonous blowfish or something...
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NM... suicide...
That's fucked.. you never know what a person is going through
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That's fucked.. you never know what a person is going through

trying to keep up with this

I looked on her twitter.... interestingly, nothing.
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I loved watching No Reservations. It was one of the only shows that my wife and I both watched together.
I remember reading Kitchen Confidential on the beach in Cape Cod, such a funny and great book.
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Bourdain got into BJJ a few years back. He even competed. Bonafide blue belt.
He visited Hawaii and did a nice episode on it, although he didn't hit the hot spots, he got what it's all about.

I didn't really vibe with his personality before No Reservations, but really like the series
He just seemed very arrogant and pompous, maybe that's just the life of a celebrity chef.
He was less of an ass as the series progressed.
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I just read this article about a reddit AMA he did.. I didn't know he had a daughter.. terrible

https://matadornetwork.com/nights/12...is-reddit-ama/

1. He used to be an asshole.
Someone asked what he was like in his 20s. He said: “I was a complete asshole. Selfish, larcenous, druggy, loud, stupid, insensitive and someone you would not want to have known. I would have robbed your medicine cabinet had I been invited to your house.”

To which another commenter responded, “No, he asked what were you like in your twenties.” Bourdain: “ba dum tshhh.”

2. He experienced his greatest culture shock in China.
The question was: “What is the first place that you would recommend a college aged American to travel if they want the ultimate culture shock?”

Bourdain’s answer: “China.” The sheep and cow stomach he sampled while filming for No Reservations might have had something to do with it.

3. He likes making omelettes with his daughter.
First up, I didn’t know he had a daughter. The real reason for the inclusion of this tidbit, however, is this ensuing comment from a Reddit user: “Have you considered using eggs instead of a child?”

Reddit. You never disappoint.

4. He thinks cleaning squid is really, really hard.
Someone wanted to know which was harder to master: cooking, or writing?

Anthony: “Cooking professionally is hard work. Writing is a privilege and a luxury. Anybody who whines about writer’s block should be forced to clean squid all day.”

Having written several novels, I’m inclined to believe him.

5. He used to be an addict.
Bourdain is really not afraid to talk about his troubled past. The top question is, “What do you never want to taste again?” Bourdain responded with “Methadone.”

His worst experience on drugs: “Combing the shag carpet for paint chips in the hope that they were fallen crack bits. Smoking them anyway.” He’s kicked the habit for years, and can now enjoy drinking without relapsing.

His craziest experience, however, was hallucinating “circles of scotty dogs in the sky.”

6. Rick Steves still has his bong.
True story.

7. His favorite late-night guilty snack used to be canned corned beef hash.
To which someone suggested, “Fry that shit up crispy in some bacon grease, make into a halo in the skillet, dump in three eggs, and fry over easy. Add Tabasco.”

Done.

8. In his opinion, the greatest American traditional food comes from the South.
When expressing his dislike for Paula Deen, he says: “I reject the notion that what Paula was selling is traditional Southern food. Cheeseburger on a Krispie Kreme bun? Nobody’s Grandma EVER made that shit.”

9. Restaurants sometimes caused trouble during the filming of No Reservations because they announced Bourdain’s arrival beforehand.
“It ruins the whole naturalness of the scene, and makes it impossible to do a ‘normal’ scene the way we like. We don’t want an audience in the background. We want the place to be as close to like it is without us around when we film.”

10. He feels he was never actually a great chef.
Someone posed the question whether or not chefs were resentful of him because they felt he had more skill in the profession than they did.

Anthony’s reply: “Not really, I hope. I’ve tried to be really upfront about my limited skills in the kitchen, and that I was NEVER, EVER a great chef. I never owned a business. I try and remind people of that. What I do is easy. Running a kitchen — or owning a restaurant — is MUCH harder.”

11. His favorite places in the world for street food are Singapore, Hong Kong, and Saigon.
But he got violently ill with food poisoning in Liberia, in case you were wondering. He was “crawling around leaking in all directions for two days.”

12. He’s “all about Quebec.”
Bourdain is in love with Quebec. He’s become good buddies with Dave McMillan and Fred Morin, whom he refers to as “brilliant, bon vivant, scholarly chefs” who look good in Speedos. They’re his mentors in Quebec, and he highly recommends Joe Beef and Liverpool House in Montreal.

13. Libya was the sketchiest country for him in his travels.
“Libya was worrying at times. Shit was happening around the time we were there. But the militia dudes from Misrata who were looking after us took real good care of us, and it ended up being a pretty inspiring experience.
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I liked him, he was rather pompous though.
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I remember when I was an asshole..

My favorite response when someone calls me an asshole..
Then fuck me.
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Well... If you insist... You're about to experience 1.35 inches of mega fury...

Sad to see another person give in to suicide. I know life can be pretty brutal at times... But damn...
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I just saw him last month. He was a keynote speaker at the conference i was just at...
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Well, he's definitely gone to parts unknown now.

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So sad.

Suicide. damn. I'm gonna borrow something I wrote on my FB today.

One of the scariest parts about suicide is that you can never tell how deeply entwined someone is in their level of depression / despair, how deep their situation is and how they feel about their situation, until it's too late. This is easier said than done, because this is an illness which constricts the mind and body..... but if you have suicidal thoughts at any extent, even minute or remote, even a fleeting moment, or have ever had any, please give those thoughts the attention they deserve and try to talk to someone you trust so you can share with them what you are feeling... or reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255.. If you are experiencing these kinds of emotions inside you I hope you can acknowledge them for what they are and give them the attention they need and deserve.

What seems like an uptick of these incidents in recent years is disturbing and gives reason to believe that this might be a much bigger issue with many people's lives than we know. As with most anything else, awareness / recognition is a good place to start, and then efforts made in the interest of bringing that climactic feeling of helplessness down. I have heard at least a few people in my network speak with such tendencies or clues and I am reaching out to all of them.

Also seeing a fair number of negative sentiments as well regarding the news, as usual, along the lines of "why do you care about this guy when so many other people are suffering" etc. Yes, many other people suffer, yes many other people have trouble as well. And I care about their issues as well. However, that is not the point when it comes to my concern for this incident, and the people who continue to argue in this manner, honestly it shows that you are ignorant yourself, more than anything else. You are ignorant because you are unable to understand why this is important to many people, why the impact he had on many people was far reaching and helped so many people in their lives and the lives of those around them.

I didn't get to talk to him but I did meet him briefly at one of his events I photographed in Chicago in 2013.
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Reminds me of Spalding Gray. Getting old, need a kid, get married, have kid, get divorced; done now, kill myself.
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He had sentiments of suicide or ending it.. but said he has a kid and that inspires him to go on.
Plus a crazy hot gf (emphasis on crazy).

I wonder if he just saw his twilight and was like fuck it, or if there was some bullshit and hit the eject button.
I'm guessing there was a lot of drama involved in his relationship.
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I'm guessing drama.

also probably stress from traveling a lot?

i vaguely recall him commenting about disliking traveling so much in one of his shows/episodes.
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No Reservations was one of the things that really made me want to travel and try new food.

That's the most screwed up thing about suicide, someone can appear fine on the outside. Things can be going relatively well, and they have meaningful ties, like children. Next thing you know, they're gone.
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Depression is an ugly, ugly disease that convinces its victim that all is hopeless. If the means of death is closer than the means of recovery or help, depression can win the war in sudden and terrible ways.
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Was he depressed though, or just seen it all and wanted to leave on top?
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I was a fan of his shows. I watched the show where he ate a cow rectum cooked on nothing but an open bed of coals in the middle of the desert. The man had no fear.

Sad reminder that sometimes you just don't know what people are dealing with no matter how they appear.
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I was a fan of his shows. I watched the show where he ate a cow rectum cooked on nothing but an open bed of coals in the middle of the desert. The man had no fear.

Sad reminder that sometimes you just don't know what people are dealing with no matter how they appear.
I remember that episode! The show really changed a lot as he got older and he became less adventurous.
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Was he depressed though, or just seen it all and wanted to leave on top?
Well, to me, there are a couple of good indicators that this was related to depression: 1) he left behind a 11-year old daughter; and 2), there are a number of stories about his past struggles with depression.
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^^^^^^^ Hmmm, wondering if someone threatened to expose him for something....
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I just don’t get why CNN gets to own him.

Fuck this thread title!
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