Bourdain's death means loss of a voice for immigrant workers

11 June 2018, 12:31 | Santos Harmon

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Bourdain's death revealed another talent most of us knew nothing about.

In the UK, Jamie Oliver said that Bourdain "broke the mould". Add Anthony Bourdain as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Anthony Bourdain news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

He also added that he wanted to extend his condolences to the family of Kate Spade, the fashion designer who took her own life earlier this week.

Eric Ripert, a celebrity chef and restaurateur who appeared with Bourdain on several of his shows, and found him "unresponsive", in his hotel room, spoke to her shortly after his death.

But on Friday morning at breakfast, Mr. Bourdain again didn't show up.

Bourdain had been in France working on new episodes "Parts Unknown", in which he travels the world and reports on local cuisine and culture, when he was found on Friday. The cause of death was suicide.

"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain", CNN said in a statement on Friday. They placed printouts of his pictures outside, along with messages and the hotline for a suicide prevention network. "He gave me hope for what one's life can become, can be at 61".

"When you've seen what I've seen on a regular basis it changes your world view", he said.

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The celebrity chef is best known for his book "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly"(2000).

"I came here to share the grief of the loss of such a talented chef. he was a such a special person because he had such a great passion for Vietnamese food", Nguyen Quan, a customer, told AFP.

Sensitive coverage of suicides is necessary to prevent suicide contagion - a phenomenon in which exposure to suicide through someone's family, peer group, or through the media increases the odds of other people harming or killing themselves, said John Draper, the director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Bourdain's award-winning series, "Parts Unknown", brought the world home to CNN viewers.

Before he got into television, he worked as a chef at the NY restaurant.

"From every corner of the world you were loved". He discussed the unique position he was in as a journalist and a storyteller when making the beloved CNN show.

The suicide rate in the United States keeps climbing, it's up by 25 percent since 1999. Since, as far as we know, he didn't leave a suicide note, we'll never know why he committed suicide.

All three network nightly newscasts in the US featured the "lifeline" number, 800-273-8255, and encouraged people to call for help.



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