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RIP Anthony Bourdain

The suicide of Anthony Bourdain, the celebrity chef and television host has left not just the residents of Kaysersberg, a small village in the Alsace region of France, famous for its wine, local food and architecture, where he committed suicide, but also his millions of fans around the world saddened, shocked and puzzled that why he ended his life like that.

Anthony gained famed from CNN’s award winning series, “Parts Unknown,” Anthony 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 from around the globe.

He was found hanging in his hotel room on Friday by his friend, chief and colleague Eric Ripert. They were staying at Le Chambard, a five-star hotel in a cozy, converted 18th-century mansion. Ripert, Bourdain and the crew of the CNN show had traveled early last week to the medieval village of Kayserberg in northeastern France to film an episode on Alsatian food.

The news of Anthony’s death has spurred an outpouring of tributes and messages by fans and foodies worldwide not just on social media but at the local town where tragedy occurred.
Former President Barack Obama recalled a meal he shared with Bourdain in Vietnam while Obama was on a trip through Asia in 2016 an encounter captured in a “Parts Unknown” episode that year.

He was the man who used food as a passport to understand other cultures and also used his star power to back the #MeToo movement, in which his girlfriend Asia Argento, an Italian actress, was a central figure.

News of Anthony Bourdain’s death shook people around the world. He was a gifted storyteller and chef touched who touched thousands of lives with his heartfelt stories he will be missed not just by the culinary circle but also by many all around the world for sure who watched his series regularly on TV.

Anthony Bourdain once quoted, “If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. Walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food. It’s a plus for everybody.”

Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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