Refresh for updates Hollywood stars, media pundits, CNN colleagues, fellow chefs, President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama expressed sadness and shock today over the suicide of Anthony Bourdain, the CNN host whose food and adventure series Parts Unknown launched its 11th season last month.
“Anthony I am so mad at you,” said a sobbing Rose McGowan, a friend of Bourdain and his girlfriend, actress Asia Argento, in a video she tweeted – and later deleted – encouraging people to reach out for help. “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.”
After deleting that tweet, McGowan posted a photo of Bourdain with the message, “Through space and time, Anthony. Your love will find you again.”
“My heart is broken for my sweet friend @AsiaArgento,” tweeted actress Olivia Munn.
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CNN president Jeff Zucker, in a statement read on-air by CNN’s Brian Stelter, said, “Tony was an exceptional talent. A storyteller. A gifted writer. A world traveler. An adventurer. He brought something to CNN that no one else had ever brought before. Tony will be greatly missed not only for his work but also for the passion with which he did it.”
Donald Trump, heading off to the G-7 Summit, told reporters, “I want to extend to his family my heartfelt condolences. I enjoyed his show, he was quite a character.” Trump also took the opportunity to offer condolences to the family of fashion designer Kate Spade, who died by suicide earlier this week.
“Stunned and saddened by the loss of Anthony Bourdain,” tweeted chef Gordon Ramsay. “He brought the world into our homes and inspired so many people to explore cultures and cities through their food.”
Archer Executive Producers Adam Reed and Matt Thompson – Bourdain voiced the character Lance Casteau on the Season 4 episode “Live and Let Dine,” said in a statement: “On behalf of all the cast and crew of Archer, we offer our deepest sympathies to Anthony’s loved ones. We will miss his great and genuine talent, and even more so his warmth, wit, and friendship. Rest in peace.”
Many of those remembering Bourdain also shared the number for the National Suicide Hotline – 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).
Here’s a sampling of the reactions to Bourdain’s death. Deadline will update…
Sandra Lee, TV chef and Semi-Homemade Cooking author, said in a statement: “I am shocked – Anthony was a larger than life personality with so much talent. He was a gifted, smart, articulate man and even though he could be incredibly critical, especially of me, somehow that was part of his charm. The food entertainment business is a family and every member has their place with a unique personality – we all have a voice within our family and we always stick together. That does not mean we always agree or get along but we all truly love and adore one another, no matter what. I am so very sad. The food entertainment family has lost their bad boy and he will be greatly missed.”
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