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Family, friends, and fans of Anthony Bourdain—world-renowned chef, traveler, and Emmy award-winning storyteller—awoke Friday morning to the news that he was found dead by an apparent suicide.
As girlfriend Asia Argento and fellow co-workers of Bourdain at CNN shared their feelings of grief online, viewers who followed Bourdain throughout his foodie adventures around the world dived into select passages written by the 61-year-old and shared the ways that Bourdain inspired them throughout his almost 20-year-long stardom in the culinary industry.
"In America, the professional kitchen is the last refuge of the misfit. It’s a place for people with bad pasts to find a new family." — Anthony Bourdain https://t.co/oNDfOWdYeG— Lisa Tozzi (@lisatozzi) June 8, 2018
morning writing benedictions from Anthony Bourdain: pic.twitter.com/Q50jm8fjU9— Rachel Mennies (@rmennies) June 8, 2018
This passage from Kitchen Confidential, where Bourdain writes about eating his first oyster as a kid while on vacation in Arcachon, made me cry the first time I read it and has been inked in my brain ever since ❤️ pic.twitter.com/e84nlVmCZ4— Marie Telling (@MarieTelling) June 8, 2018
Anthony Bourdain on humanity:— Wilkine Brutus (@wilkinebrutus) June 8, 2018
"Meals make the society, hold the fabric together in lots of ways that were charming and interesting and intoxicating to me. The perfect meal, or the best meals, occur in a context that frequently has very little to do with the food itself." RIP pic.twitter.com/0CWxbTcF8V
This is a major loss. RIP Anthony Bourdain! "Your body is not a temple, it's an amusement park. Enjoy the ride." pic.twitter.com/YJAHY2kssx— CultureOwl (@CultureOwl) June 8, 2018
“Maybe that’s enlightenment enough: to know that there is no final resting place of the mind; no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom...is realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go.” —Anthony Bourdain— Daily Zen (@dailyzen) June 8, 2018
Incredibly saddened by the loss of Anthony Bourdain. “Without experimentation, a willingness to ask questions and try new things, we shall surely become static, repetitive, and moribund." Travel on @Bourdain ...— Janel Paukovits (@janelpaukovits) June 8, 2018
My heart breaks for Anthony Bourdain and his family. He made us see the world in a different light; demanded we notice the beautiful nuances; let us into the minds of great chefs and earnest locals. We got to see the world through his eyes. And that is truly a gift. pic.twitter.com/jSghBPXvrf— 𝐦𝐚𝐮𝐫𝐚 𝐥𝐞𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐞 🏳️🌈 (@mauraleebee) June 8, 2018
RIP Anthony Bourdain.— Slevin Devilkiss (@SlevinDevilkiss) June 8, 2018
"[When I die], I will decidedly not be regretting missed opportunities for a good time. My regrets will be more along the lines of a sad list of people hurt, people let down, assets wasted and advantages squandered." -Kitchen Confidential#anthonybourdain
For many, Bourdain’s careful and thoughtful approach to new cultures in his CNN show, Parts Unknown, inspired their own travels abroad.
Anthony Bourdain understood in his own way & communicated in his own way the fundamental human truth he found in food:— Sam Whiteout (@samwhiteout) June 8, 2018
That which differentiates us from others is not what drives the world apart but what has a deep, uniquely human power to bring us together.
May he be at peace. pic.twitter.com/hPUVpcSvzG
I picked up my phone this morning and saw your name and I knew. Your voice drew me in and made me want to board a plane to experience your stories first hand. Your love and curiosity for the world inspired me to travel to places I’d only imagined. #godspeedchef #AnthonyBourdain pic.twitter.com/XqfPs5rA5f— Mari Fry (@MariMFry) June 8, 2018
Please, @CNN and @PartsUnknownCNN, don’t take down #AnthonyBourdain’s website. It’s a living example of adventure for us all. If we can retrace his steps, we can keep his spirit alive. He will continue to inspire us all with the desire to travel and find adventure in our lives.— Ms. Monica Toriz (@MsTorizTheTeach) June 8, 2018
You inspire the way I travel. Thank you for your sense of adventure, your storytelling. You'll be sorely missed. #AnthonyBourdain— Gaby Desir (@gabyjdesir) June 8, 2018
#AnthonyBourdain taught me how to eat and was my travel inspiration. A Cooks Tour: Vietnam was my ultimate destination. I’ll never forget this lunch and the man who inspired this adventure. pic.twitter.com/Mqw8LMuxqC— sarah kaufman (@stinkysarahd) June 8, 2018
Some chose to celebrate his immense success in the industry at age 44 and the hope he gave to aspiring professionals.
I've rewritten this over & over. @Bourdain had a huge influence on my career even before I met him & worked w/ him. I talked about wanting a show like his when he was on the Travel channel, before he was regarded as the actual most interesting man in the world. #SuicidePrevention pic.twitter.com/nizOgpNibd— Warriors Will Win Another Championship! Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) June 8, 2018
When people achieve great success at a young age it's inspiring, but the fact that Anthony Bourdain got his big break at 44 is something I think about often for motivation. I'll always look to him as a reminder that it's never too late for your second act. RIP— Alexandra Sifferlin (@acsifferlin) June 8, 2018
#LiveHowYouWantToBeRemembered This man started his dream career at 44 years young, traveled the world brought light, love, laughter, culinary & humanitarian awareness to parts of the world & people on the planet who would otherwise be unknown. #RestInPeace Anthony Bourdain 👊🏾 pic.twitter.com/ikxSXaCnjI— Eddie Griffin (@EddieGriffinCom) June 8, 2018
1. I don't usually follow or talk about celebrity culture/happenings/gossip, but this Anthony Bourdain news is really hard for me.— Donny Baarns (@DonnyBaarns) June 8, 2018
His success and creative brilliance, after having slaved in anonymous kitchens until he was 44, was an inspiration to me. He was an amazing story.
Others celebrated his support of the #MeToo movement.
anthony bourdain welcomed the complicated work of being an ally and engaging with #metoo. he asked questions that were hard to ask and encouraged other men to as well. he wasn't perfect at it, but he did the work. more men need to do the work— maria yagoda (@mariayagoda) June 8, 2018
heres what he told me in january: pic.twitter.com/7xhWtUP4l8
this is the least of it, but Anthony Bourdain had one of the most insightful responses to #MeToo allegations -- in his industry and others -- of any man in public life https://t.co/URwBF9IuFl pic.twitter.com/qIUZv56iIe— Jessica Goldstein (@jessicagolds) June 8, 2018
Anthony Bourdain had recently been outspoken on #MeToo and #TimesUp. After his girlfriend Asia Argento came forward with accusations against Weinstein in the New Yorker, he tweeted: “I am proud and honored to know you." RIP. So sad. https://t.co/DW0tHkGEuE— Alex Berg (@itsalexberg) June 8, 2018
When I interviewed Anthony Bourdain about #MeToo & restaurant culture, I was really impressed by his curiousity & ability to listen & engage—rare qualities in anyone, let alone someone so famous. He also seemed to legitimately want to examine himself. RIP https://t.co/UFbPFJpy82 pic.twitter.com/6fKaHxHg24— Isaac Chotiner (@IChotiner) June 8, 2018
One more aspect of @Bourdain's life that shouldn't be overlooked: He spoke up about #MeToo without ambivalence and with eloquence and with remorse. I loved "Kitchen Confidential" in 2000 but this piece from December is even better https://t.co/CnH4i3ASt3— Ellen K. Pao (@ekp) June 8, 2018
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” CNN said in a statement on Friday morning. “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”
Tess Cagle is a reporter who focuses on politics, lifestyle, and streaming entertainment. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, Damn Joan, and Community Impact Newspaper. She’s also a portrait, events, and live music photographer in Central Texas.