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    Anthony Bourdain dead at 61 - suicide

    Source: https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/08/us/an...bit/index.html


    New York (CNN)Anthony Bourdain, a gifted storyteller and writer who took CNN viewers around the world, has died. He was 61.

    CNN confirmed Bourdain's death on Friday and said the cause of death was suicide.
    "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 was in France working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning CNN series. His close friend Eric Ripert, the French chef, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning.
    Bourdain was a master of his crafts -- first in the kitchen and then in the media. Through his TV shows and books, he explored the human condition and helped audiences think differently about food, travel and themselves. He advocated for marginalized populations and campaigned for safer working conditions for restaurant staffs.

    Along the way, he received practically every award the industry has to offer.
    In 2013, Peabody Award judges honored Bourdain and "Parts Unknown" for "expanding our palates and horizons in equal measure."

    "He's irreverent, honest, curious, never condescending, never obsequious," the judges said. "People open up to him and, in doing so, often reveal more about their hometowns or homelands than a traditional reporter could hope to document."

    The Smithsonian once called him "the original rock star" of the culinary world, "the Elvis of bad boy chefs."

    In 1999 he wrote a New Yorker article, "Don't Eat Before Reading This," that became a best-selling book in 2000, "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly."
    The book set him on a path to international stardom.

    First he hosted "A Cook's Tour" on the Food Network, then moved to "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" on the Travel Channel. "No Reservations" was a breakout hit, earning two Emmy Awards and more than a dozen nominations.

    In 2013 both Bourdain and CNN took a risk by bringing him to the news network still best known for breaking news and headlines. Bourdain quickly became one of the principal faces of the network and one of the linchpins of the prime time schedule.

    Season eleven of "Parts Unknown" premiered on CNN last month.
    While accepting the Peabody award in 2013, Bourdain described how he approached his work.
    "We ask very simple questions: What makes you happy? What do you eat? What do you like to cook? And everywhere in the world we go and ask these very simple questions," he said, "we tend to get some really astonishing answers."

    Bourdain's death happened after fashion designer Kate Spade hanged herself in an apparent suicide at her Manhattan apartment on Tuesday. Spade was found hanged by a scarf she allegedly tied to a doorknob, an NYPD source said.

    Suicide is a growing problem in the United States. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a survey Thursday showing suicide rates increased by 25% across the United States over nearly two decades ending in 2016. Twenty-five states experienced a rise in suicides by more than 30%, the government report finds.
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    Re: Anthony Bourdain dead at 61 - suicide

    Goddammit!

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    I don’t get it. He had a life I could only dream about but will never have. Damn damn damn. Going to miss Parts Unknown.

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    Re: Anthony Bourdain dead at 61 - suicide

    Same. I really enjoyed his perspective and experiences. His writing and shows helped keep my travel passion alive, look for new things in the areas I lived.

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    Just learned he has an 11-year-old daughter, Ariane. This is just terrible.

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    Re: Anthony Bourdain dead at 61 - suicide

    Quote Originally Posted by kung fu jesus View Post
    Same. I really enjoyed his perspective and experiences. His writing and shows helped keep my travel passion alive, look for new things in the areas I lived.
    Favorite episode is where he went to Cambodia and had to travel to a remote part of the country by boat. He was pretty sure former members of the Khmer Rouge were on the boat.
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    Re: Anthony Bourdain dead at 61 - suicide

    I really enjoyed his shows, and his perspective. I felt like we had some commonality - but that was probably what made him great for many. In retrospect, I think his melancholy was obvious in the narration of his shows. No Reservations was a favorite of mine; Parts Unknown felt somewhat more bleak, though. I'm sorry he couldn't hold on anymore.
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    My wife and I loved watching his shows. We found we had that shared travel/foody kinda life. There is not much more exciting than travel and good food around a table of friends! Sad to see someone meet their eternity like this. . .

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    Re: Anthony Bourdain dead at 61 - suicide

    Sadly, there is no specific way to understand what drives people to suicide. Unfortunately there is no cure or method of suicide prevention, other than life long access to psychiatric help for those people who are diagnosed as suicidal. One major problem is that psychiatric help is so costly and the fact that health insurance don't provide coverage for this kind of intervention. The other fact is that a major of Psychiatric MDs do not accept insurance rates when health insurance plans do cover Psychiatric care. I have first person knowledge that while I and Brenda have this kind of coverage there is a very small number of Psychiatric MDs who will accept insurance coverage and also require very high co payments. That means that those MDs who can provide the required or most beneficial care will not accept patients unless they can afford to pay the full rate. That means that in many cases people do not have access to required therapy.

    I have direct experience with two people in a recovery group that I attended, who while receiving on going therapy they committed suicide. There is a case history of a man who jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge and survived with permanent damage to his legs and arms. While recovering from his injuries he was diagnosed with a chemical defective brain that cause him to suffer from Paranoia and Schizophrenia behavior that it drove him to suicide. Now with medications to correct his chemical in balance he is free of those behaviors and no longer suicidal, however he still receives Psychiatric care as an early warning system should he become suicidal again.

    Success, Fame, financial security, and a happy life can not prevent suicide and in many suicide cases have hidden what drove them to suicide.
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