Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

Anthony Bourdain's Mom Confirms His 'Dark Mood' Before Death

Anthony Bourdain's Mom Confirms His 'Dark Mood' Before Death

"He was that friend we watched and we journeyed with to parts unknown".

Waiter Maxime Voinson from Le Chambard, the hotel where Anthony died, told the NY times, "it was very strange".

Bourdain, 61, was found dead by chef-pal Eric Ripert on Friday hanging by a bathrobe belt in his room at the Le Chambard hotel in Kaysersberg-Vignoble, France.

Bourdain's celebrity was such that when Obama went to Hanoi, Vietnam in May 2016, he met him at a casual restaurant for a $6 meal of noodles and grilled pork.

"The case is closed", he told The Times.

"He knew the kitchen", the waiter recalled.

"I'm sorry I've been dreading this conversation", he said. "Any stranger who shows an honest curiosity about what the locals think is the best food is going to be welcomed".

However, suspicion grew when the chef didn't meet for breakfast with Ripert at The Winstub, which the two regularly did together. But concerns about his well-being escalated the next morning, when he didn't show up for his usual breakfast with Ripert.

"His friend was waiting at breakfast", the waiter told the Times.

He opened up about their relationship while speaking to People magazine in September.

Speisser was to show Bourdain around the market, starting at 10am. It was 9:30am.

"There is no element that makes us suspect that someone came into the room at any moment", Prosecutor Christian de Rocquigny said.

"He brought people out of their reality into a different world", said Jennifer Story, 36, a personal chef from Los Angeles, who visited the restaurant, located between East 28th and East 29th streets, on Sunday. "We haven't talked for a couple days".

In a 2008 interview with The Associated Press, Bourdain had said his daughter's birth had changed his outlook on life: "I feel obliged to at least do the best I can and not do anything really stupidly self-destructive if I can avoid it".

Over at the outdoor market, Speisser continued to wait.

"They didn't say what was happening".

"Please cherish all of our lives and help those who may be struggling", Wang said.

Cooper: "He was exactly as you see on television". Food was a conduit, it was a thing that drew you in.

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The crew packed up and left the market.

"He praised our bun cha dish and its fish-sauce broth, he loved Vietnamese food", she said.

"He was an incredible guy".

"I remembered how hard I worked to make you laugh at the set as you were seen to me as a typical serious American TV chef. He was brilliant and sharp and amusing", she said. "He is absolutely the last person in the world I would have ever dreamed would do something like this".

Bourdain kept his darkly amusing and self-deprecating sense of humor throughout his TV career.

There was exhaustion - and darkness.

In late May, Bourdain filmed a Parts Unknown episode in Hong Kong.

Closer to home, Bourdain was an early supporter of #MeToo, noting he'd met several women who'd told him terrible stories of abuse.

"He'd put everything into the shoots and then go back to his room to isolate".

"I can tell you that Barack Obama was, in spite of having had a high-ranking leader of the Taliban whacked in Pakistan a few days previous, very relaxed and at ease".

But Lagasse became his friend, and he tweeted Friday: "Tony was a great soul, a mentor, a friend, a father, and an incredible chef". He knew everything about Brazil and Brazilian food, and had travelled all over the country. Three days before his death, chef Alexis Schonstein posted on Instagram a photo of the star with staff at the eatery, writing, "Very nice memory!"

Last year, a blogger accused him of banning white chefs from getting exposure on a "Parts Unknown" episode on Houston's culinary scene. "You will always travel with me". "To have a man of his stature rise up and befriend me, it meant a lot to me".

"It happened every single day, and it didn't matter what time of day it was".

In 2012, when small town food reviewer Marilyn Hagerty from Grand Forks, North Dakota, wrote a review on the town's new Olive Garden, she was universally mocked online.

"I was surprised and sad when I heard about (Bourdain's) death", Nguyen Thi Nga, co-owner of Bun Cha Huong Lien, told AFP. Bourdain claimed all the best cooks in his NY restaurants came from there.

If she acknowledges she's depressed, that's a good sign, says Dr. Rosenthal.

If you are experiencing mental health issues or suicidal feelings contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue 1300 224 636. If it is a medical emergency, call 911.

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