News of the suicide of celebrity chef and author Anthony Bourdain unleashed a wave of shock and despair on social media from fans around the world.
Former president Barack Obama, who was featured in an episode of “Parts Unknown” in which the two men shared a meal in Vietnam, tweeted a photo of their meeting Friday, remembering Bourdain as someone who made viewers “a little less afraid of the unknown.”
?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. pic.twitter.com/orEXIaEMZM— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 8, 2018
Before departing for the G-7 Summit in Canada on Friday morning, President Trump spoke to the press on a variety of topics including trade policy, tariffs, and pardons, but also took a moment to express his sympathies to Bourdain’s family.
“I want to extend to his family my heartfelt condolences,” Trump said.
CNN’s Jake Tapper stuck mainly to the facts, outlining the early reports of Bourdain’s death in France, where the chef-author was filming a new episode of his television show. Tapper posted to Twitter, “This is so awful. Anthony Bourdain, 61, has died. He took his own life.” He noted that Bourdain’s friend and frequent TV companion, chef Eric Ripert, discovered him unresponsive in a hotel room on Friday.
This is so awful.— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 8, 2018
Anthony Bourdain, 61, has died. He took his own life.
He was in France working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning CNN series. His close friend Eric Ripert, the French chef, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning.
Celebrity chef and “MasterChef” television personality Gordon Ramsay tweeted that he was “stunned and saddened” by the news and focused on Bourdain’s influence, and how his globetrotting explorations introduced viewers to food and cultures around world. Ramsay also include suicide hotline information in the tweet.
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
Chef David Chang, founder of Momofuku and host of the Netflix series “Ugly Delicious,” which also explores the insection of cuisine and culture, posted a simple and mournful black screen to Instagram. Alongside were lyrics by songwriter Will Oldham from the song “I See a Darkness.” While the post didn’t mention Bourdain by name it seemed to refer to the loss.
Well, I hope that someday, buddy
We have peace in our lives
Together or apart
Alone or with our wives
And we can stop our whoring
And pull the smiles inside
And light it up forever
And never go to sleep
My best unbeaten brother
This isn’t all I see
— Will Oldham
Food writer and television personality Nigella Lawson tweeted simply: “Heartbroken to hear about Tony Bourdain’s death. Unbearable for his family and girlfriend. Am going off twitter for a while.”
Heartbroken to hear about Tony Bourdain?s death. Unbearable for his family and girlfriend. Am going off twitter for a while— Nigella Lawson (@Nigella_Lawson) June 8, 2018
“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manual Miranda posted about Bourdain as a writer. The witty and sardonic Bourdain first broke into the mainstream with his edgy, behind-the-scenes tales from the restaurant scene, some of which became the basis for his bestselling 2000 book, “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly.”
Bourdain's exceptional writing made this one formerly picky, fearful eater very brave and want to try everything and I'll always be grateful for him and the worlds he opened— Lin-Manuel Miranda ? (@Lin_Manuel) 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 :(”
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