Bourdain's dark past of 'despair'

The 2017 New Yorker Festival- Anthony Bourdain Talks With Patrick Radden Keefe

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Anthony Bourdain's mother said she had no indication that her son might have been thinking of suicide.

The world woke up Friday morning to the devastating news that Anthony Bourdain, was dead at 61-years-old. "I know it's been a couple of days, but it is still so raw".

Highlighting his modest and humble character, Wang says Bourdain responded with a simple, "I'm just calling out good food like it is, that's all".

When chef Kunal Kapur started his TV career a decade ago, he heard of chef Bourdain and his popular show, "No Reservations".

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Brash and opinionated, Bourdain had spoken openly about his past drug use and heroin addiction. French authorities later confirmed Bourdain's cause of death as suicide, revealing he'd used a belt from a hotel bathrobe to hang himself and that there was no evidence of foul play.

ANTHONY Bourdain might've been best known for his ability to cook and review food like no one else but it was the way he never shied away from addressing his dark past that made him a breath of fresh air for most of his fans.

"His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds. But no, I'm quite sure I can't". Bourdain traveled to Jamaica to talk food, agriculture, music, the beach and more.

The former US President - who famously appeared on Bourdain's show "Parts Unknown" in 2016 - has taken to social media to hail the influence of the celebrity chef, who committed suicide in a hotel in France, where he's been shooting scenes for his programme. "Nobody's ever going to say, 'Oh, but you promised we were going to go to the beach.' No, you get a gig, that's it. Work first". He told me that the greatest Brazilian chefs came from Minas Gerais, my home state. He is a fantastic guy and I can not imagine that this is what has happened to him.

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"He was somebody I really admired".

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Marilyn Hagerty was an octogenarian columnist for the Grand Forks Herald when her 2012 rave review for a new Olive Garden in her small South Dakota town went viral. He was somebody who was generous with his time. While there, he wrote an essay on the behind-the-scenes of the restaurant world, which led to the memoir "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly", turning him into a celebrity chef.

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