Four months before Anthony Bourdain committed suicide, he was quoted as saying, “I’m going to pretty much die in the saddle.” Those words are ringing true now that the famed chef is gone. He apparently hanged himself with the belt of his bathrobe in a hotel while on location in France for his CNN show, “Parts Unknown.”
The prosecutor of the city of Colmar, Christian de Rocquigny du Fayel, said that there were no elements that indicated that someone else came into the room and no signs of violence on Bourdain’s body. Still, toxicology tests are being carried out – including urine tests – to see if he took any meds. They also want to help his family understand if anything led him to kill himself.
As we try to understand what caused the award-winning chef and journalist to take his life, we’re hearing that he kept a brutal work schedule that left him absolutely exhausted. One colleague said, “He often seemed quite beat-up from it…He’d put everything into the shoots and then go back to his room to isolate.” Still, they were shocked because they hadn’t seen any sign of depression or mental illness. “He was not especially cheerful or engaging off camera,” the source said, “But it was never rude or ill-intentioned.”
- Anthony’s mother, Gladys Bourdain, said she had no idea why he’d commit suicide. Even though his friend and fellow chef Eric Ripert told her that he’d been in a dark mood the past couple of days, Mrs. Bourdain – a longtime editor of the New York Times – said, “He is absolutely the last person in the world I would have ever dreamed would do something like this.” She went on to say, “He had everything. Success beyond his wildest dreams.”
- Ripert, who found Anthony’s body, issued a statement about his dear friend. “He was an exceptional human being, so inspiring and generous. One of the great storytellers of our time who connected with so many. I wish him peace. My love and prayers are with his family, friends and loved ones.” His girlfriend, Asia Argento, weighed in on the man she called “my love, my rock, my protector.” She said, “Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did. His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds…I am beyond devastated.”
- Everyone from celebrity chefs like Emeril Lagasse and José Andres to celebrities to the staff at CNN is mourning Anthony’s death.
Source: New York Post