World-renowned celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has died of an apparent suicide at age 61. Known for his exquisite taste in food and love for culture, Anthony made a name for himself as one of the best storytellers around, a talent he showcased on his hit series Parts Unknown. The show's network CNN was first to report the tragic news, stating that the award-winning host was filming the series in France at the time of his death.
Anthony was not without a long roster of celebrity pals – from Chrissy Teigen to Mandy Moore to fellow chef Gordon Ramsay, who took to Twitter to share:"He brought the world into our homes and inspired so many people to explore cultures and cities through their food."
The author's girlfriend, Asia Argento, shared a heartfelt message following the death of her boyfriend. "Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did. 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. My thoughts are with his family. I would ask that you respect their privacy and mine." The two first met back in 2016 while filming an episode of Parts Unknown in Rome. "I want to spend as much time with [Asia] as I can," Anthony gushed to People earlier this year.
Here, celebrity fans and friends pay tribute to the late chef and television personality.
Anthony was a major MeToo supporter. He strongly defended our rights; he spoke up publicly for us. He was that vital male partner. I am humbled and forever grateful that one of his last major projects was believing in and becoming EP of my recent CNN series on the lives of women.— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) 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
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
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
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
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
My mind is blown. My heart is so heavy. God bless you, @Bourdain. Your life’s work has inspired so many. And in your death we are reminded once again that there is simply no correlation between success and true happiness. May your soul rest In peace.— Elaine Welteroth (@ElaineWelteroth) June 8, 2018
We have lost one of the greatest storytellers in the world Anthony Bourdain. He took us around the world sharing food culture and mostly the connection between people. He will be missed.— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) June 8, 2018
I cannot comprehend the news that #anthonybourdain is dead from an apparent suicide. I am truly stunned and lost. An incredible genius gone far too soon. This one really hurts.— Josh Gad (@joshgad) June 8, 2018
Through space and time, Anthony. Your love will find you again. pic.twitter.com/XBod1vDZ8k— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) June 8, 2018
Maybe we all wanted to hang out with him. He was that cool, fun, frank, insightful. He introduced us to distant lands and to people with different traditions. And without ever preaching, he reminded us that we humans are far more alike than different. Thank you Anthony Bourdain pic.twitter.com/QMznx4JMhS— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) June 8, 2018