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Fans remember 'storyteller' Anthony Bourdain

The shocking death of the “Parts Unknown” host drew a range of tributes, and awareness of the growing problem of suicide.
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Anthony Bourdain's shocking death Friday drew an outpouring of tributes from his colleagues in the business and food world where he made his mark, as well as thousands of fans of his show "Parts Unknown".

Bourdain was remembered as a master storyteller, whose work helped bring food cultures from around the world into U.S. living rooms and whose book "Kitchen Confidential" exposed the intense underbelly of the restaurant industry.

Tributes included many from his fellow chefs, including Gordon Ramsay, Nigella Lawson, Andrew Zimmern, Tyler Florence, Carla Hall and others.


David Chang posted only a black square on Instagram with lyrics from the Bonnie "Prince" Billy song “I See a Darkness.”


Tributes also came from many other celebrities and people with whom Bourdain had dined: 


And he was routinely remembered for his insight and his ability to tell a story.


Many of the tributes came from the television and journalism worlds, where Bourdain made his mark, including his colleagues at CNN:


Bourdain was working when he apparently took his own life. And his show earned him millions of fans who expressed an outpouring of grief over his loss.


Many remembered Bourdain with some of his notable quotes:


The untimely death of Bourdain also led to an awareness of the growing problem of suicide.

It came just days after the death of designer Kate Spade, also by suicide, and it came the same week that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released statistics showing that suicide rates across the country are rising.

Nearly 45,000 Americans age 10 or older died by suicide in 2016, according to the CDC.


If you are in crisis, or need help, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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