Saturday 22 September, 2018

The world responds to Anthony Bourdain's death

On Friday morning the world woke up to the shocking news that Anthony Bourdain, host of CNN's Parts Unknown, was dead.

The 61-year-old apparently took his own life in a French hotel. 

Bourdain was a television darling, drawing viewers from around the world with his travels and his ability to use food as the doorway to analyse a country's history, culture, politics and social construct.

The chef and author is today being remembered by many for his thought-provoking storytelling.

Andrew Zimmern, host of Bizarre Foods

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. Tony was a symphony. I wish everyone could have seen all of him. A true friend.

Gordon Ramsay, Chef and TV Host

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.

Christiane Amanpour, CNN host and Senior Journalist

My heart breaks for Tony Bourdain. May he rest in peace now. He was a friend, a collaborator, and family. A huge personality, a giant talent, a unique voice, and deeply, deeply human. My heart goes out to his daughter and family, and his longtime partners and friends at ZPZ.

Barack Obama: Former President of the USA

“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.

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Josh Groban: Singer

Bourdain made the deliciousness of the world more attainable and understandable. Within the invisible walls some wish to make us believe we live in, he showed us why we can and must coexist. He celebrated both our commonalities and our differences. We need more of him. Damn.

Chrissy Tiegen: Model and wife of John Legend

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 :(

Bette Midler: actress, singer

Dear Friends, I am heartbroken. I just heard the terrible news of Anthony Bourdain's death by his own hand. My whole family adored him and watched his shows religiously. My deepest sympathies to his family, friends, fans and colleagues.