Journalist died of an apparent suicide by hanging in French hotel room
The world still is reeling in shock at the news that journalist Anthony Bourdain has been found dead.
According to CNN, 61-year-old Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning CNN TV show, “Parts Unknown.”
His best friend Eric Ripert, the French chef, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning, having died of an apparent hanging.
On June 8, he was found dead after committing suicide in his room at Le Chambard hotel in Kaysersberg, France, near Strasbourg.
Anthony Bourdain’s Death
Christian de Rocquigny du Fayel, the public prosecutor for Colmar, said that Bourdain’s body bore no signs of violence, that toxicology tests would determine whether drugs or medications were involvedand that the suicide appeared to be an “impulsive act.”
Christian de Rocquigny later disclosed that Bourdain’s toxicology results were negative for narcotics, showing only a trace of therapeutic nonnarcotic medication.
Bourdain’s body was cremated in France on June 13, 2018, and his ashes were returned to the United States two days later.
Reactions and tributes to Anthony Bourdain’s death
Bourdain’s mother, Gladys Bourdain, told The New York Times: “He is absolutely the last person in the world I would have ever dreamed would do something like this.”
Following the news of Bourdain’s death, various celebrity chefs and other public figures expressed sentiments of condolence.
CNN issued a statement, saying that Bourdain’s “talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much.”
Regarding Bourdain, former U.S. President Barack Obama, who dined with Bourdain in Vietnam on an episode of Parts Unknown, wrote on Twitter, “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.”
In the days following Bourdain’s death, fans paid tribute to him outside his now-closed former place of employment, Brasserie Les Halles.
Cooks and restaurant owners gathered together and held tribute dinners and memorials and donated net sales to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
In August 2018, CNN announced that it would broadcast a final, posthumous season of Parts Unknown, completing its remaining episodes using narration and additional interviews from featured guests, and two retrospective episodes paying tribute to the series and Bourdain’s legacy.
UPDATE: An earlier version of this article suggested Anthony Bourdain may have been killed or that his death may not have been a suicide. Bourdain’s death was officially ruled a suicide. The previous version also suggested that he may have had knowledge of an “elite pedophile ring” that may have led to his death. No evidence has ever been produced to suggest that he was killed due to knowledge he may or may not have had.