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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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#Repost @shantidas404 … we have a real problem in this country and world. The CDC just issued a report saying that “Nearly 45,000 lives were lost to suicide in 2016 and that Suicide rates went up more than 30% in half of states from 1999 -2016.” What I can tell you is that THIS can happen to anyone, no one is immune to it BUT we have to continue educating ourselves, our families and our communities. It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, tall or short, educated or not. Depression can lead to substance abuse and that can lead one down a very dark path. Let’s support those we love and remember you can’t support yourself or a loved one unless YOU know the facts. Visit @800273talk or @namicommunicate or if in crisis text SILENCE to 741741. 🙏🏾😢🦋 #silencetheshame @silencetheshame

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#RIPAnthonyBordain …..

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reposted: @questlovesfood Just saw the news this morning about Anthony Bourdain’s passing. I have so many thoughts about him—memories, emotions, and unanswered questions—that right now it’s sort of a jumble. I feel so thankful for him to introducing me to a world I never knew, the world of food and especially food around the world. It was through Anthony that I learned about the sushi master Jiro Ono was and that recommendation (seeing the Jiro doc & making a pilgrimage to Tokyo by any means necessary) singlehandedly changed the course of my professional and creative life. Anthony also believed, and talked often, about how all forms of creativity were connected: how chefs and drummers and comedians and actors and directors and painters all drew on the same well of thoughts and emotions. That feeling stuck with me. Watching him take trips to faraway lands to get a taste of heaven (and, just as often, to show how life on earth can be hell for people under the thumb of cruel governments or oppressive poverty) was the equivalent of my many trips to obscure record shops continents away. Lastly I’ll miss our endless banter about the merits (or lack therof) of Yacht Rock. Anthony came on Fallon often, and every time he liked to warn me that his walk-on music better have “some umph to it.” He wanted power and attitude. I’d agree with him, and then I’d play another Billy Joel song, which infuriated him. A few years back, to thank him for writing the foreword to my book, I started the ultimate troll project, though I never got to give it to him. We had an “argument” over Herb Alpert’s “Route 101”: I made the case that the song’s good-feeling/good-time vibe couldn’t be denied, and he made the case that he denied it, and the more heated the argument got the more we laughed. I told him imma make him the mother of smooth-pop playlists and then he would see the light. I’m finishing that playlist, and when I do, I’ll name it after him, just so I can imagine that laugh of his.

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So long Anthony always been a huge fan RIP

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