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Bourdain's dark past of 'despair'

Bourdain's dark past of 'despair'

"It is with great respect for the leader, the author, the TV entertainer, the visionary Anthony Bourdain that I express all my condolences to his family and to the anonymous people around the world who he made dream so much", Nasti said in a statement Saturday.

"He is absolutely the last person in the world I would have ever dreamed would do something like this", she said.

Hotel staff told the New York Times that Ripert tried to reach Bourdain on his cell phone, and that a receptionist then went to Bourdain's room, where he was found.

He had everything. Success beyond his wildest dreams.

Bourdain died by suicide while in France filming an episode of his Emmy-winning CNN food and travel programme Parts Unknown, the network said yesterday.

Before he got into television, he worked as a chef at the NY restaurant.

"Every time we flew through Atlanta and had an hour between flights, I would get a look from him".

Former US president Barack Obama also took to Twitter and posted a throwback picture with the chef. His huge hit show, "Parts Unknown" ran on CNN from 2013 and until his death.

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The larger than life chef and television star became a household name for his bestselling book "Kitchen Confidential" and the subsequent series in which he tackled the big issues through food.

According to Manu Chandra, chef of Monkey Bar, Bourdain created a turning point for the way chefs behave.

As for Africa, Bourdain declared the continent, "one of the best arguments for travel I can think of", and lauded its ability to exist as a "functioning multicultural, multilingual, extraordinarily TOLERANT society".

Others in the top 10 were "Appetites: A Cookbook" (2016) at No. 6, "Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook" (2005) at No.8, and "A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines" (2002) at No. 9.

Tweeting her article in October a year ago, Bourdain addressed his girlfriend and her allegations at the once-powerful Hollywood producer. "You know, he was amusing, he was sarcastic, he had a dark sense of humor".

'Things have been happening, ' Bourdain said. "We've been with him on this journey for a couple of years and we're going to keep going". I really can't talk about him.He was brilliant and sharp and amusing.

Unlike other male celebrities who have discretely kept their silence about high-powered abusers and harassers, Bourdain publicly celebrated Weinstein's fall and recent arrest, as the almost 3 million followers of his personal Instagram account know.

And, with that, it's probably safe to say that Obama spoke for all of us. "And once you were drawn in, it was about the experience, it was about the connection, it was about his interaction - his interactions with people".