Black Hollywood Grieves Anthony Bourdain’s Death

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Prominent Black figures from media, entertainment and sports mourned the death of Emmy-winning chef, writer and television personality Anthony Bourdain on Friday (June 8).

Bourdain, 61, the host of CNN’s Parts Unknown, was found dead in his Strasbourg, France hotel room from an apparent suicide, reports CNN. He was in the country working on a segment for his award-winning series. Bourdain was found unresponsive by his friend and fellow chef, Eric Ripert.

“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” the network said in a statement 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.”

Bourdain’s honesty about his struggles in life and his appreciation for simple food and traveling allowed him to connect with a wide audience. With his death coming just days after iconic fashion designer Kate Spade took her life by suicide, many people have spoken out about the importance of mental health.

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