CNN's Alisyn Camerota tears up breaking the news on television, while stars like Chrissy Teigen and Bryan Cranston share tributes on social media.
Celebrities, notable chefs and those in his CNN family are in shock Friday after chef/TV food expert Anthony Bourdain, 61, was found dead in a hotel room in France. The cause of death suicide.
"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," the network confirmed in a statement. "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."
CNN's Alisyn Camerota was the first on the network to share the "terribly sad news" on air, during this morning's "New Day" telecast.
"The idea that he was suffering somehow is really heartbreaking," she said, tearing up. "He and I bonded about New Jersey, our beloved home state and Provincetown, an adopted town we both loved. Anthony was interesting, because I always felt while he was a big presence on TV, he was an introvert. When I would see him on the street and bound up to him and give a big smile and chit chat, he was reserved. The idea that he was able to share some of his demons, that he fought drug addiction, that he had fought heroin, I think everybody really appreciates out there, to know somebody out there went through it and came out the other side was really helpful. Obviously, I think all of us just feel like we wish we had known whatever was happening in the past days."
President Donald Trump also expressed his condolences on Friday. "I think it's very sad," he said. "I want to extend to his family my heartfelt condolences. That was very shocking. When I woke up this morning, 'Anthony Bourdain is dead.' And I enjoyed his show, he was quite a character, I will say. I just want to extend my condolences, and also to the family of Kate Spade." Spade also took her life this week.
Bourdain's girlfriend, Asia Argento, posted a statement on Twitter calling him her "rock" and "protector."
Fellow Harvey Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan reposted one of Asia's photos of him on Instagram with the following caption: "Asia loves you. Your daughter loves you. Anna and Nicola love you. You were not just loved, you were beloved. And you chose a permanent solution to a temporary problem. She needed you. We all needed you. Please if you are at the edge, reach out to a hotline or a doctor. Do not choose a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Oh, Bourdain. Please come back. Asia. My Asia. Who has been through more than most could bear. I wrap my arms around you."
Many other stars took to Twitter to express their shock, share tributes to and memories of Bourdain on social media. We'll update this post as more reactions come in.
“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
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
I am shocked and deeply saddened. RIP to a father, partner, chef, writer, and incredibly talented man. @Bourdain ❤️ Prayers for his loved ones.— Antoni Porowski (@antoni) June 8, 2018
Shattered... https://t.co/dYcnGw7XCp— Tyler Florence (@TylerFlorence) June 8, 2018
According to AFSP, there are nearly 45,000 suicides every year in the US. Shocking. I was saddened to hear of the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. RIP. It illustrates that success is not immune to depression. We all need to be more aware of our friends who are suffering— Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) June 8, 2018
This is utterly heartbreaking. Thank you for opening our eyes to parts of the world both cherished and unknown. What a legacy. Sending peace and love to his family. If you or someone you love needs help, please reach out or call 1-800-273-TALK. https://t.co/mkht3wTY5m— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) June 8, 2018
Anthony Bourdain's suicide a sobering reminder of how fragile life is and that we never know what's going on inside of another. Suicide is rarely a person acting, but rather being acted upon by the disease of clinical depression. We are all vulnerable. So very sad.— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) June 8, 2018
This is someone who touched people across every perceived divide. Kind and just and naughty and wise. Heart breaks for his family, biological and chosen. We love you Tony.— 💎 Lena Dunham 💎 (@lenadunham) June 8, 2018
One of my dreams was to sip wine and eat outrageously good food with Anthony Bourdain. His book, Kitchen Confidential, was a game changer for me. I don’t even know what to say https://t.co/69HUZyApq7— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) June 8, 2018
When I traveled to some exotic place I’d not been before -the last were Beirut and Amman- I’d text Bourdain & ask where I should eat. He gave the best, most fun recommendations. I’d like to think he’s scouting out the best watering holes and places to eat in heaven, right now.💔— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) 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
Gutted to hear we’ve lost @Bourdain. If you are ever feeling alone, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1 (800) 273-8255.— Buddy Valastro (@CakeBossBuddy) June 8, 2018
Truly devastated about @Bourdain. I have no words. Please if you need help, reach out. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps) June 8, 2018
Oh my God @Bourdain has taken his life. People are in unmanageable pain. This is my wake up call today. We have to help those who cannot help themselves.— Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) June 8, 2018
Goodbye, Anthony Bourdain. The world is less interesting today. Thank you for all you gave us— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) June 8, 2018
Just heard. Cannot process it yet. My condolences to Asia and his family. Such sorrow- the world has lost a good man. https://t.co/rBOxTblerJ— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) June 8, 2018
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.
The suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade this week are a reminder: No matter how successful, wealthy or seemingly happy you are, we all battle our own demons.— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) June 8, 2018
Reach out to one another. Destigmatize depression, addiction and anxiety.
We are all in this together.
National Suicide Hotline— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) June 8, 2018
1 800 273 8255
I’ve brushed up against this darkness and I know it’s a tempting exit but REACH OUT to ANYONE. Stay on this side of it — in the light and warmth. Where you get to try again, every day.
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
Thank you Anthony Bourdain for taking us on your adventures.— Piper Perabo (@PiperPerabo) June 8, 2018
You showed us amazing things and how much can be learned by listening while sharing a meal.
If you are feeling depressed please call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 24/7. You can call at 1-800-273-8255 pic.twitter.com/CmI24LkEcN
❤️A couple things I’ve written about my depression & how I’ve grappled with the urge to kill myself.— rob delaney (@robdelaney) June 8, 2018
In recovery suicide is often referred to as “a permanent solution to a temporary problem.”
We beat it *together*❤️
Anthony Bourdain lived in a way that most of us should. A seeker of the unknown & a man who exposed magnificent parts of the world to us through our TVs. I don’t even know what to say, this makes me so damn sad. I truly loved him & what he stood for.— Lucy Hale (@lucyhale) June 8, 2018
Anthony was devoted not only to @AsiaArgento but to the justice she and other Weinstein survivors were denied for so long. His righteous anger and his “small, random acts of kindness and sincerity” is what I will remember most about him. https://t.co/3XrQHJGklv— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 8, 2018
Please reach out to your loved ones, friends, and even acquaintances today. Anyone who struggles. Sharing hotline numbers is helpful for big audiences like this this, but nothing beats personal connection and care and time. Make calls. Send texts. Share extra love. https://t.co/MAmfwVeXFe— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) June 8, 2018
So sad to hear about Anthony Bourdain’s passing. I always imagined he had the best life - food, travel and adventures galore. A reminder that depression has no relation to outward success. 1-800-273-8255 for help, 24/7— Ben McKenzie (@ben_mckenzie) June 8, 2018
reposted: @questlovesfood Just saw the news this morning about Anthony Bourdain’s passing. I have so many thoughts about him—memories, emotions, and unanswered questions—that right now it’s sort of a jumble. I feel so thankful for him to introducing me to a world I never knew, the world of food and especially food around the world. It was through Anthony that I learned about the sushi master Jiro Ono was and that recommendation (seeing the Jiro doc & making a pilgrimage to Tokyo by any means necessary) singlehandedly changed the course of my professional and creative life. Anthony also believed, and talked often, about how all forms of creativity were connected: how chefs and drummers and comedians and actors and directors and painters all drew on the same well of thoughts and emotions. That feeling stuck with me. Watching him take trips to faraway lands to get a taste of heaven (and, just as often, to show how life on earth can be hell for people under the thumb of cruel governments or oppressive poverty) was the equivalent of my many trips to obscure record shops continents away. Lastly I’ll miss our endless banter about the merits (or lack therof) of Yacht Rock. Anthony came on Fallon often, and every time he liked to warn me that his walk-on music better have “some umph to it.” He wanted power and attitude. I’d agree with him, and then I’d play another Billy Joel song, which infuriated him. A few years back, to thank him for writing the foreword to my book, I started the ultimate troll project, though I never got to give it to him. We had an “argument” over Herb Alpert’s “Route 101”: I made the case that the song’s good-feeling/good-time vibe couldn’t be denied, and he made the case that he denied it, and the more heated the argument got the more we laughed. I told him imma make him the mother of smooth-pop playlists and then he would see the light. I’m finishing that playlist, and when I do, I’ll name it after him, just so I can imagine that laugh of his.
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