This morning, CNN confirmed reports of the death of the chef, TV host, and author Anthony Bourdain in an apparent suicide at the age of 61.
Bourdain had long been known as an avid fan of Detroit, featuring the city in the last episode of the second season of his series Parts Unknown. In a blog post about the Detroit episode, Bourdain writes:
“I’ll say it again. And again. … I love Detroit. I love Detroiters. You’ve got to have a sense of humor to live in a city so relentlessly ****ed. You’ve got to be tough — and occasionally even devious. And Detroiters are funny, tough — and supreme improvisers.”
One of Bourdain’s final projects was a documentary series about Detroit in the early 1960s, yet to be released.
Detroiters, writers, and local businesses have taken to social media to pay their respects and honor their memories of Bourdain. Here, some of the tributes.
— Charlie LeDuff (@Charlieleduff) June 8, 2018
Writing, food and travel is such a potent trinity. Anthony Bourdain believed (as I do) that when you travel most of the weight you gain is in your eyes.
Heavens, I’m going to miss him. #anthonybourdain
— Devin Scillian (@DevinScillian) June 8, 2018
The pressure of life is a lot -then having that life shared and magnified in a public spotlight is simply insane,wish I could say I had met @Bourdain. His ❤️for Detroit in 2013 came at a time when we needed it most-he’s staring down at my #ransomgillis here pic.twitter.com/7QqY4fmx2H
— Nicole Curtis (@nicolecurtis) June 8, 2018
Our hearts are breaking. The world lost an incredible story teller today. Thank you for all you have done for the culinary world, @Bourdain
— Gold Cash Gold (@GoldCashGold) June 8, 2018
When I moved to Detroit & didn’t know anyone I would hole up in my apt & binge on No Reservations. It transported me from the loneliness. When I started food writing, I would find myself reading my stories aloud trying to emulate his prose. The sadness today is palpable @Bourdain
— Serena Maria Daniels (@serenamaria36) June 8, 2018
Also, Detroit, remember that Anthony Bourdain once called @Charlieleduff a "philistine" on his CNN show when Charlie poured gin in his cucumber soup at "Guns and Butter." One of my favorite hours of TV.
— Ian Thibodeau (@Ian_Thibodeau) June 8, 2018
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or visit speakingofsuicide.com for a list of additional resources.