First Kate Spade and now Anthony Bourdain

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  1. TiggrToo macrumors 6502a


    Aug 24, 2017
    Out there...way out there
    Shocked to read that he was found dead in his hotel room in Strasbourg, France. Just as with Kate Spade, suicide is also suspected. He was 61 and filming his 11th season of Parts Unknown for CNN.

    What a crappy week it's been...
  2. mudslag macrumors regular


    Oct 18, 2010

    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.

    What a terrible loss, parts unknown was an incredible show. Depression is a terrible illness. :(
  3. statik13 macrumors regular


    Jun 6, 2008
    Sad news. My spouse and I really enjoyed his quirky way of food and Travel. He inspired us both to visit places in this world that we otherwise would never of dreamed of.

    Anthony had a beautiful way of capturing life around him. Food, culture, people; he spoke to them all. His amazing story telling will be missed.
  4. rhett7660 macrumors G4


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    Couldn't have said it better. RIP Mr. Bourdain.
  5. AlliFlowers Contributor


    Jan 1, 2011
    L.A. (Lower Alabama)
    Suicide remains a huge problem. Personally, I don't understand it and find it a very selfish act.

    You look at people like Bourdain and Spade, who seem to have everything, yet there was something eating away at them so deeply that they couldn't get past it.

    I had two girls this year, one of whom had attempted suicide in the past, and the other who was starting to threaten an attempt. They were feeding off each other in a very negative way. We got help for both, and kept them separated. It is a known contagion, strange as that may sound.

    The National Suicide Prevention hotline number is


    Feeling that despondent is not ok. You can get help.
  6. iShater macrumors 604


    Aug 13, 2002
    It ruined my morning for sure.

    I think No Reservations was the only show cooking show my wife and I used to catch all the time and absolutely enjoy the adventure that Bourdain brought to every episode. Unfortunately life is busy and we have seen only a handful of his new show.

  7. WarHeadz macrumors 6502a


    Aug 30, 2015
    Long Beach, California
    This is devastating. We humans are complex beings. Sometimes too complex for our own good.
  8. ThisBougieLife macrumors 68000


    Jan 21, 2016
    SF Bay Area, California
    This is one of the first celebrity deaths that has genuinely shocked me. It’s extremely depressing. May he RIP.

    Suicide rates have been climbing steadily for years. We may be living longer, but we are finding fewer reasons to live. A grim prospect.
  9. T Coma macrumors 6502

    T Coma

    Dec 3, 2015
    People's Republic of Chicago
    I liked his shows enough, and although I disagreed with him pretty regularly, he was compelling enough to keep watching. He was much different live when we saw his one man show in Chicago - more humble / open / self-deprecating, which certainly changed the way I watched his TV shows thereafter. Perhaps coincidentally, the last time I watched was his recent short "Anthony Bourdain Explains Everything" snippet where he opined on the virtues of LSD. He had been a on again, off again drug user and heavy drinker for years, which I'd guess played no small part in his final act.

    Bon voyage, et bon appétit.
  10. chagla macrumors 6502a


    Mar 21, 2008
    RIP Mr. Bourdain. I quite enjoy his shows. Will be missed.
  11. pachyderm macrumors 603


    Jan 12, 2008
    Smyrna, TN
    Apparent suicide.

    How sad.

    I loved his show and I really enjoyed his take on life.
  12. campyguy macrumors 68040

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
    Gutted for his family, friends, and collaborators.

    Personally, I was stunned by the news and I will miss his work. I'd seen some of his interviews lately, he'd seemed out of sorts and a bit down since the death of his mentor, Paul Bocuse, in January.

    In this tiny part of the internet, please, please, if you need help - please reach out for help - our world is less bright with Bourdain's death, and it will be less bright without you...

    R.I.P., Anthony.
  13. sean000 macrumors 68000


    Jul 16, 2015
    Bellingham, WA
    This was heart-breaking news to wake up to. I've been a fan since I read Kitchen Confidential in the early 2000's, and his shows have long been a favorite of ours. I know he had his ups and downs, and his addiction problems, over the years. I can't remember which show he was doing (I think it was after No Reservations) when someone asked him if he would keep doing a travel show. He said something about how, as much as he loved it, the work took its toll from him.

    I don't know much about his private life, but I know that he said his work schedule kept him away from his daughter and her mother for most of the year. I'm sure that was a factor in their divorce, and probably didn't help his relationship with Asia Argento. I can see how his private life may have been much lonelier than his public life.

    He has long acknowledged a darker past, but he pursued his new life and career with the passion and energy of someone who clearly didn't want to waste a second chance. And he did it for a long time. Maybe 15 years was just too long to keep traveling so much. A lot of musicians have written songs about the loneliness of being on the road, and Bourdain was on the road for something like 15 years.
  14. ipponrg macrumors 65816

    Oct 15, 2008
    That really sucks. But it strikes a note.

    I hope the media tries its best to not "glorify" depression. The way we commemorate these events can have undesirable side effects to a person's psychological state. I can go into more details, but copycat type behavior is very prevalent today especially with the amount of publicity we are exposed to. As someone who has explored this state of mind, that's the first thought I had.

    For example, Newsweek posted literally 5 articles with similar headlines to drive traffic to their site. There will be an onslaught of more and more articles to commemorate Bourdain in an intended positive manner, but the intended side effect is to drive traffic and clickthroughs to the site. I don't think it's intended to be malicious by any means, but the news knows we love to talk about tragedy.
  15. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    I’m getting the feeling he killed killed himself because he couldn’t afford the alimony payments from his previous marriage and could go to jail!
  16. Phil in ocala Suspended

    Phil in ocala

    Jul 14, 2016
    Given her severe disappointment with immigration issues...could Ann Coulter be next?
  17. wayoutwest5505 macrumors member


    Jul 1, 2010
    Just saying, what appears to be a suicide, should be investigated for possible foul play. Crazy World. Sad. RIP
  18. campyguy macrumors 68040

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
    I watched CNN's broadcast of the final two episodes of Bourdain's show tonight, too busy and bummed to watch them until now. Watching the episode of "Cajun Mardi Gras", that's when I saw something, around 37 minutes in. Signs of PD. The shaking hand, the frustrated look and different production take. I called in my mom - a retired nurse, PD took her dad, my grandfather from us - and played it for her. We're NY'ers, fans of Bourdain's pretty much everything (except I'm the one who can cook...)...

    After she turned in, I used a web search. Bourdain was diagnosed with PD, others noticing it around the time the "Cajun Mardi Gras" episode was filmed I'm surmising. The post was out a few days after his suicide, none of this matters now except to quell the ..., NM.
  19. pachyderm macrumors 603


    Jan 12, 2008
    Smyrna, TN
    aw. And the article alleges Asia Aregento dumped him because she didn't want to take of him?
    What a shame.
  20. stylinexpat macrumors 65816


    Mar 6, 2009
    E5BDC21B-CAC1-4031-B4AE-B97EEE50FB46.jpeg Just saw his picture in Hong Kong at this restaurant


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