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.
— Carla Hall (@carlahall) June 8, 2018
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) June 8, 2018
“Ok, I won’t talk to you” and we sat quietly together for a few minutes. Then someone came over to gush at him and he politely left. That’s the only time I ever met him, but there’s nothing I appreciate more than someone you can sit quietly with.
— Ashley Nicole Black (@ashleyn1cole) June 8, 2018
— Victor Cruz (@TeamVic) June 8, 2018
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.