Bourdain mourned as ‘giant talent‘, ‘unique storyteller‘

Celebrity chef and CNN host Anthony Bourdain’s death by suicide has shocked his colleagues in media and in the kitchen.

CNN confirmed Bourdain’s death and said 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,” the network said in the statement.

Bourdain’s travel and food show “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” is in its 11th season on CNN.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama appeared in an episode of the show in 2016 where the pair drank beer at a restaurant in Vietnam.

“He taught us about food, but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together,” . “We’ll miss him.”

U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters on Friday morning Bordain’s death is “very sad.”

“I want to extend to his family my heartfelt condolences,” he said. “I enjoyed his show. He was quite a character.” 

Bourdain’s colleagues at the network were shocked at the news of his death. CNN anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent

Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief international correspondent,

“He was a friend, a collaborator, and family,” she said. “A huge personality, a giant talent, a unique voice, and deeply, deeply human. My heart goes out to his daughter and family.”

In a visit to Toronto for his show “The Layover,” Bourdain ate at The Black Hoof, owned by local restauranteur Jen Agg. The pair became friends, and Bourdain later wrote a blurb for Agg’s memoir.

Agg said she’s in shock by Bourdain’s sudden death and will remember him for his generosity.

“With his time, his words, his encouragement, in all things, he was so generous,”

“This is the worst. We‘ve lost a brilliant story teller/writer and a great man, like to have tilted the world toward your way of thinking and to do it all while profoundly cool seems impossible, but he did it. I‘ll miss him so much.”

Fellow celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay by the news of Bourdain’s death. 

“He brought the world into our homes and inspired so many people to explore cultures and cities through their food,” he said. 

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver said he’s in “total shock.”

“(Bourdain) really broke the mold, pushed the culinary conversation and was the most brilliant writer,” Oliver

Israeli-British chef Yotam Ottolenghi said Bourdain’s ” while Buddy Valastro, known as the Cake Boss,

“restless spirit will roam the earth in search of justice, truth and a great bowl of noodles.”

French chef He and Bourdain have the same one.

“Looking at the spoon tattoo we share fills my heart with so much sadness today, but forever will be a reminder that you believed in me,” he said. “I am forever indebted to this passionate great man.”

Food writer and TV show host Nigella Lawson said she would be taking a break from social media after finding out about Bourdain’s death,

Antoni Porowski, a Polish chef best known for being the food and wine expert on the Netflix show “Queer Eye,” “father, partner, chef, writer, and incredibly talented man.”

Phil Rosenthal, who hosts the Netflix show “Somebody Feed Phil,” a program similar to Bourdain’s,

“In his ground-breaking shows, he embodied the spirit of travel, adventure and strove to make the world a true community,” he said.

Several celebrities also took the time to express their grief with the news, including singer and actress Mandy Moore,

“Thank you for opening our eyes to parts of the world both cherished and unknown,” she said. “What a legacy. Sending peace and love to his family.”

Celebrity television host Ryan Seacrest called Bourdain

“He took us around the world sharing food culture and mostly the connection between people,” Seacrest said. “He will be missed.”

for his food suggestions, saying “Bourdain‘s exceptional writing made this one formerly picky, fearful eater very brave and want to try everything and I‘ll always be grateful for him.”

Actress Rose McGowan posted a now-deleted video to Twitter where she appeared to be sitting on the floor crying.

“For those considering suicide, please don’t,” she said in the video. “It’s a permanent solution to a temporary problem.”

“This will affect people around the globe because Bourdain was international,” she added.  

Model and “Lip-sync Battle” co-host Chrissy Teigen

“Thank you for making food so exciting and always standing up for everything right,” she tweeted. “Be at peace now.”

Actress Busy Philipps with the news and provided the number to the American suicide prevention hotline.

Rapper Lupe Fiasco , saying it is “the best thing I know how to make.”

Armenian-American singer-songwriter Serj Tankian spent time with Bourdain during filming of a recent episode of Parts Unknown.

“We‘ve lost an honest broker of life, cuisine, culture and truth,” “Our love and condolences go out to his family and all those he touched with his beautiful spirit.”

Punk rock musician Iggy Pop said

“He was a light of kindness and good vibes in my life,” he said.

Meanwhile, as NASA searches for life on Mars, his death is a reminder “of how precious life is, anywhere in the universe.”

is a big fan of Bourdain’s show, saying it helped “feel more connected to the planet” when he was in space.

Jamil Smith, a senior writer with Rolling Stone, said Bourdain had a

“I feel this death in my bones,” he said. “I never knew him in person. I will miss him terribly.”

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