Monday, May 20, 2024

Exclusive: Source Close to CNN Superstar Chef, Travel Personality Anthony Bourdain Says “No Clue” About Suicide: “He Wasn’t Depressed”


EXCLUSIVE I’ve just spoken with a source very close to Anthony Bourdain in Europe. She says they have “no clue” why he committed suicide this morning. “He was not depressed,” she says. More to come…

This is a terrible shock. CNN says celebrity chef and travel TV correspondent Anthony Bourdain is dead at 61 from suicide. He was found unresponsive in his Paris hotel room by chef and friend Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin restaurant. They were in Paris shooting Bourdain’s CNN show “Parts Unknown.”

Bourdain traveled the world for CNN for his show “Parts Unknown.” He was dating director actress Asia Argento, who accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her interviews and a speech in Cannes last month. Bourdain became an outspoken advocate for Argento and against sexual harassment in restaurants and commercial kitchens.

This comes on the heels of the suicide of Kate Spade this week. What is going on? People who seem to have everything and are on top of the world are suffering from demons that are unimaginable.

Bourdain, married twice, leaves an 11 year old daughter.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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