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Anthony Bourdain, Who Recently Passed, Gave Detailed Interview About Thoughts On Life

The world was shocked this morning by the sad news that celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain died of an apparent suicide overnight in France. The author and food adventurer was working on an episode of his show 'Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown', and was found in the morning by his friend, fellow celebrity chef Eric Ripert, in his hotel room.

Few details have come about Bourdain's last night, but interviews reveal that he has been thinking about death in general for months.

Just four months earlier, Bourdain gave an interview to 'People Magazine', and he brought up the topic. He was talking about how he had no plans to retire. The 61-year-old said, "I’m going to pretty much die in the saddle.”

Bourdain explained how retirement was just not for him because he's too restless. “I gave up on that. I’ve tried. I just think I’m just too nervous, neurotic, driven,” he said. “I would have had a different answer a few years ago. I might have deluded myself into thinking that I’d be happy in a hammock or gardening. But no, I’m quite sure I can’t.”

The chef was traveling about 250 days out of the year. One of his few consistencies is that he would go to New York every month for five days to visit his 11-year-old daughter, Ariane, who lived with Bourdain's ex-wife, Ottavia Busia.

He hinted that his daughter is what kept him going. The father said that Ariane made him feel like he had 'some responsibility' to 'at least try to live'.

“I also do feel I have things to live for,” he said. “There have been times, honestly, in my life that I figured, ‘I’ve had a good run — why not just do this stupid thing, this selfish thing … jump off a cliff into water of indeterminate depth,'” he said in the interview.

In light of his death, it seems suicide is an idea he's been toying with for a while.

Bourdain has actually jumped off that cliff before. The daredevil took the leap of faith in his travels for his former Food Network show, 'Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations'. Until he became a father, he was always pushing the envelope and taking risks.

“I was, frankly, asking for trouble. It was a daredevil move... In retrospect, I don’t know that I would do that today, now that I’m a dad or reasonably happy," he told people.

The chef insisted he was 'happy in ways that I have not been in memory' and 'in ways I didn't think I ever would be'.

Unfortunately, the happiness he may have felt at the time of the interview didn’t seem to be enough to keep him from thinking about taking his own life.

After Bourdain’s death, there was an outpouring of shock and condolences on social media from the many people Bourdain has touched over the years.

"Anthony was my best friend. An exceptional human being, so inspiring & generous. One of the great storytellers who connected w so many. I pray he is at peace from the bottom of my heart. My love & prayers are also w his family, friends and loved ones," wrote Ripert.

"Stunned and saddened by the loss of Anthony Bourdain. He brought the world into our homes and inspired so many people to explore cultures and cities through their food. Remember that help is a phone call away US:1-800-273-TALK UK: 116 123," wrote chef Gordon Ramsey.

"Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer.” This is how I’ll remember Tony," tweeted former President Barack Obama, who had dinner with Bourdain in Vietnam. "He taught us about food — but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together. To make us a little less afraid of the unknown. We’ll miss him."

Source: Page Six
Photos: Anthony Bourdain/Twitter

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