Girlfriend Asia Argento remembers Anthony Bourdain's 'brilliant, fearless spirit' and other tributes

Anthony Bourdain

US chef Anthony Bourdain has died, aged 61

In a statement, CNN, which broadcast Parts Unknown, confirmed Bourdain's death.

On his award-winning series, "Parts Unknown", Bourdain brought the world home to CNN viewers. Through the simple act of sharing meals, he showcased both the extraordinary diversity of cultures and cuisines, yet how much we all have in common.

Condolences also poured in from Torontonians who admired his shows, and those who were inspired to eat at restaurants Bourdain recommended.

"I enjoyed his show; he was quite a character, I will say, ' Trump added, of the much-loved show that airs on the network POTUS most loves to hate". In 2015, he said he spoke to Wine and Spectator Magazine about how he'd like to be remembered.

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In a Rolling Stone essay, chef and restauranteur Eddie Huang recalls Bourdain defending Huang's more unconventional approach to being a food personality to The Observer, calling him "bigger than food", and later giving Huang a piece of advice about how succeed, or not, in the biz: "They will make more money if you shut up and suck the dick, but you just keep fighting!"

In a 2012 episode of The Layover (a precursor to the more well-known Parts Unknown on CNN, ) Bourdain took a whirlwind tour of the city showing what a traveller could do in 48 hours.

"He loved food. He wrote about food".

Bourdain had been candid about his past struggles with drug addiction, which he detailed in a no holds barred manner in Kitchen Confidential.

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"I came out of a brutal, oppressive business that was historically unfriendly to women", Bourdain said in an interview in January with "The Daily Show".

"I knew a lot of women, it turned out, who had stories about their experience, about people I knew", he said. He can be seen smiling, while his girlfriend Asia Argento dances to music.

"Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did". Bourdain encouraged the then-86-year-old to write a book of her columns, which hethen published in 2013 as Grand Forks: A History of American Dining in 128 Reviews. "It doesn´t protect you from suicide", Jodi Gold, director of the Gold Center for Mind Health and Wellness, said on CNN. He was my love, my rock, my protector.

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