Celebrities, chefs, and his CNN colleagues are mourning the death of Anthony Bourdain, the Parts Unknown TV host who died by suicide at the age of 61.
“Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did,” his girlfriend Asia Argento wrote in a statement posted to Twitter. “His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds. He was my love, my rock, my protector. I am beyond devastated. My thoughts are with his family. I would ask that you respect their privacy and mine.”
Many also threw their support behind Argento, including Amber Tamblyn. “Witches: please prepare the strongest protection spell you have for our sister Asia Argento today,” she tweeted. “Please lift her up with all the love and light your conjuring is capable of casting.”
McGowan, a friend of Argento, released an emotional video message to her followers. “Anthony I am so mad at you,” she tweeted. “You were so loved, the world is not better without you. I have a message for those considering suicide as a solution to a temporary problem. Please call a hotline. Please reach out. Asia needed you, Anthony. We needed you. Please come back.”
Announcing the news Friday morning on Bourdain’s home network, New Day co-host John Berman called the tragedy “heartbreaking” and “devastating,” while CNN’s Brian Stelter remarked, “I know so many hearts are broken at this network and around the world.”
New Day co-host Alisyn Camerota began tearing up as she urged viewers suffering from depression to reach out to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). “There are dark days in every person’s life. There dark days where you feel hopeless. There are dark days and weeks and months, but it can lift,” she said.
CNN confirmed the news of Bourdain’s death with a statement issued Friday: “It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain. His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson called Bourdain “a friend to us all,” Queer Eye‘s cooking guru Antoni Porowski sent out “prayers for his loved ones,” and Chrissy Teigen called him “one of my idols.”
Others who paid tribute include celebrities like Bryan Cranston, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Rose McGowan; media personalities like NBC’s Megyn Kelly and CNN’s Christiane Amanpour; and chefs like Buddy Valastro, Nigella Lawson, Michael Symon, and Gordon Ramsay.
“I am shocked — Anthony was a larger than life personality with so much talent,” Sandra Lee said in a statement. “He was a gifted, smart, articulate man and even though he could be incredibly critical, especially of me, somehow that was part of his charm.”
She continued: “The food entertainment business is a family and every member has their place with a unique personality — we all have a voice within our family and we always stick together. That does not mean we always agree or get along but we all truly love and adore one another, no matter what. I am so very sad. The food entertainment family has lost their bad boy and he will be greatly missed.”
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If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).