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Anthony Bourdain hanged himself with bathrobe belt, prosecutor says

09 June 2018

US celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, host of CNN's food-and-travel-focused "Parts Unknown" television series, has died at the age of 61, the network said on Friday.

"We ask very simple questions: What makes you happy?"

Regularly labeled a "rock star" of the culinary world, Bourdain transcended the kitchen to become a best-selling food, fiction, and nonfiction writer, before finding worldwide fame fronting various award-winning cooking and travel series. Sharing a photo of his rare outing with Bourdain - while enjoying Vietnamese noodles and "cold Hanoi beer", Obama reminisced how "Tony" [Bourdain] made everyone "a little less afraid of the unknown".

Bourdain was Jewish. His mother Gladys (née Sacksman) was an editor at The New York Times. He said Seattle's food scene was "way ahead of the rest of the country". The cause of death was suicide by hanging.

However, he was known to struggle with drug addiction and had a history of heroin use.

"Every time he would walk on set I would always shout at him, 'In my next life I'm coming back as Anthony Bourdain!'" she said. He became executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in 1998.

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He said he never meant to write an expose or to "rip the lid off the restaurant business". 'Not sure how I feel about this, ' Bourdain wrote.

"It is a world very, very different than my own". Anthony was a larger than life personality with so much talent.

"The new celebrity chef culture is a remarkable and admittedly annoying phenomenon". "Of all the professions, after all, few people are less suited to be suddenly thrown into the public eye than chefs". And it all started with an incendiary article he wrote, an insider's expose of the world of haute cuisine, which crackled with informed snarkiness, and was published in The New Yorker magazine in 1999.

Bun Cha Huong Lien restaurant in the Vietnamese capital's leafy Old Quarter soared to fame after the sit-down between then-President Obama and Bourdain during an episode of the CNN show, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, aired in September 2016. Funeral arrangements were not immediately available.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free, confidential support for people in distress, as well as best practices for professionals and resources to aid in prevention and crisis situations.

Anthony Bourdain hanged himself with bathrobe belt, prosecutor says