Bourdain, the 61-year-old host of “Parts Unknown,” was found dead from a reported suicide in his Strasbourg, France, hotel room, CNN said Friday. He had been working on an upcoming segment for his show.
While Bourdain earned fame as a culinary adventurer, he emerged as an advocate for women amid the Me Too movement. He said his girlfriend, actor and director Asia Argento, heightened his awareness of the threats women face after she stepped forward with her story of being raped by the now-disgraced film executive Harvey Weinstein.
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
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
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
Anthony I am so mad at you. You were so loved, the world is not better without you. I have a message for those considering suicide as a solution to a temporary problem. Please call a hotline. Please reach out. Asia needed you, Anthony. We needed you. Please come back. pic.twitter.com/kqOEdJ80h9— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) June 8, 2018
Just saw the sad news that Anthony Bourdain has died. I watched his show when I was in space. It made me feel more connected to the planet, its people and cultures and made my time there more palatable. He inspired me to see the world up close. #RIPAnthonyBourdain pic.twitter.com/Cb6IfmzylN— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) June 8, 2018
I...don’t...believe it. I don’t and I won’t.— Alton Brown (@altonbrown) June 8, 2018
Forever with me Tony. 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.I am forever indebted to this passionate great man. Truly heartbroken today. #RIPBourdain pic.twitter.com/aYZtP8hr8Q— Ludo Lefebvre (@chefludo) 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. 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
Im so angry this morning. Life is fucking hard and crazy and Tony I love you. Im wearing your boots that I never wore because they were yours, and going to work. Everyone should hug some extra people today. My heart is heavy. https://t.co/2lFmz1UvWK pic.twitter.com/62Qcjwo33f— Andrew Zimmern (@andrewzimmern) 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
Still in shock as I see one of my favorite people to follow and listen to has left us.....Anthony Bourdain you will be missed!— Misty May-Treanor (@MistyMayTreanor) 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.
I was at one of those dumb parties where everyone you talk to is scanning the room for someone more famous to talk to. Awful. I stepped outside to find a lil corner to hide in and Anthony Bourdain was already in the corner. I said “I came here to hide” he said...— Ashley Nicole Black (@ashleyn1cole) June 8, 2018
Bourdain showed us so many corners of the world through food - a nearly universal pleasure that connects us socially, provides an outlet for creativity, and touches our deepest needs to be nurtured. He was the rare traveler who was curious & respectful but never condescending.— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) June 8, 2018
#RIP Anthony Bourdain - Apart from his work, he championed the cause of @jrezaian when the journalist was imprisoned in Iran for doing his job. Upon release, Bourdain encouraged Jason to write a book — and would agree to publish it https://t.co/hXFbCV1Bzt pic.twitter.com/RQQkUWbfF0— David Beard (@dabeard) June 8, 2018
I feel this death in my bones. @Bourdain had what I’d call a generous curiosity about the world, guiding audiences through it with an awe, respect, and humor that are all too uncommon. Also rare: he knew what he didn’t know. I never knew him in person. I will miss him terribly.— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) June 8, 2018
So terribly terribly saddened by the news of Anthony Bourdain's death. I think few people fully understood what he's shows in Palestine, Iran etc did for the people of this region by showing the world the human side of these beautiful cultures. pic.twitter.com/aw99WCR1m7— Trita Parsi (@tparsi) June 8, 2018
Bourdain was one of the men out there doing work of reexamination & personal reflection & of truly listening to women, perhaps spurred by, but not limited to, Asia Argento. In addition to loving his writing & his show, I deeply appreciated this effort. https://t.co/PjsBKTtco5— Rebecca Traister (@rtraister) 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
If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also text HOME to 741-741 for free, 24-hour support from the Crisis Text Line. Outside of the U.S., please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of resources.