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Anthony Bourdain Book Is No.1 On Amazon

Anthony Bourdain Book Is No.1 On Amazon

The famed cook, writer and host of the CNN series "Parts Unknown" killed himself Friday in a luxury hotel in the ancient village of Kaysersberg, Christian de Rocquigny, the prosecutor of Colmar in France's eastern Alsace region, told The Associated Press in a phone interview.

Anthony Bourdain, the chef, author, travel documentarian, television host and all-around American hero who brought so many together through his beloved shows like Parts Unknown, died Friday, June, 8th due to an apparent suicide.

Bourdain's mother told the New York Post that Ripert told her Bourdain had been in a "dark mood" in the couple of days leading up to his shocking death.

"He had everything", she said. "Money beyond his wildest dreams", she said. She and Bourdain both loved to work, which is something they had in common.

Bourdain filmed a segment of his show this week at the Michelin-starred Auberge d l'Ill in nearby Illhaeusern, where staff are reeling from his death. "I may have even been a bit intimidated by him before that". I immediately thought of Eric and his deep friendship with Tony when I heard the news today. It was confirmed by a prosecutor on June 9 that he sadly hung himself with the belt from his hotel bathrobe and toxicology tests are now being done to see if there was any medication in his system at the time of his passing.

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Her restaurant, Bun Cha Huong Lien, soared to fame after Bourdain ate there with then-President Obama in an episode of the celebrity chef's TV show. Twenty-five states experienced a rise in suicides by more than 30%, according to a government report published this week. He promoted his Mexican-born sous chef, the late Carlos Llaguno Garcia, to run two of his NY restaurants and complained loudly about the United States' "ridiculously hypocritical attitudes" toward immigration.

Bourdain's last Instagram post is a photo of the meal, which he described as a "light lunch". He is a fantastic guy and I can not imagine that this is what has happened to him. "We're just floored. A complete shock". "I saw nothing that would indicate what happened like why this would happen".

Still, by many accounts, including Ripert's, Bourdain had not been himself.

Soon after his first marriage ended in 2005, as Bourdain related in his book "Medium Raw", he was "aimless and regularly suicidal" during a stretch in the Caribbean.

And, with that, it's probably safe to say that Obama spoke for all of us. He wrote "Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer".


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