Obama Responds To Passing Of Anthony Bourdain

On Friday, CNN broke the devastating news that professional chef and TV personality, Anthony Bourdain, has died of a reported suicide. He was 61-years-old.
In a statement, the company said: 

It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain. His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”

Many people took to social media to share stories, memories, and sorrow in the passing of the beloved chef and writer–including, former President of the United States, Barack Obama. In a tweet, Obama shared a fond memory on Twitter he shared with “Tony,” and wrote a heartfelt, moving message.

The photo is from when Obama appeared on Bourdain’s CNN hit TV show, “Parts Unknown,” when the two took a trip to Vietnam.

Many people on social media were moved by Obama’s reaction and tribute, sharing their own emotional testimonies of Anthony Bourdain.

Clearly, if Anthony Bourdain has taught us anything through his gracious career and life, it’s that we should explore the world with an open-mind–and, never fear the unknown. You will truly be missed, Tony.

Lex Gabrielle

Written by Lex Gabrielle

Lex Gabrielle native New Yorker who supports messy buns and all things covered in buffalo sauce. She is currently a managing editor for BloomJoy and teaches English and Journalism to the youth of America.