DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Anthony Bourdain (aged 61)
American chef and travel documentarian
Anthony Michael Bourdain (June 25, 1956 – June 8, 2018) was an American celebrity chef, author, and travel documentarian who starred in programs focusing on the exploration of international culture, cuisine, and the human condition.
DEATH: In early June 2018, Bourdain was working on an episode of Parts Unknown in Strasbourg. On June 8, he was found dead of an apparent suicide by hanging in his room at Le Chambard hotel in Kaysersberg, near Colmar; he was 17 days short of his 62nd birthday. Bourdain was traveling with his friend Éric Ripert, who became worried when Bourdain missed dinner and breakfast. Christian de Rocquigny du Fayel, the public prosecutor for Colmar, said that Bourdain’s body bore no signs of violence, that toxicology tests would determine whether drugs or medications were involved, and that the suicide appeared to be an “impulsive act”.Christian de Rocquigny later disclosed that Bourdain’s toxicology results were negative for narcotics, showing only a trace of a therapeutic nonnarcotic medication. Bourdain’s body was cremated in France on June 13, 2018, and his ashes were returned to the United States two days later.