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.
“Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer.” This is how I’ll remember Tony. 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. pic.twitter.com/orEXIaEMZM
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 8, 2018
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.
Thank you Mr. President for continuing to be the moral voice of this country and for your heartfelt reminiscence of Anthony Bourdain.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) June 8, 2018
Touching tribute, you knew all the coolest people
— ƉɅNIEL WRIGHŦ (@dprite1) June 8, 2018
That is my favorite episode! #RIP Anthony
— AugustusGop ? (@marvinprune) June 8, 2018
This was my most favorite episode. An absolute delight. He will be greatly missed.
— T Sue (@MrsC61111) June 8, 2018
My father and I often watched #AnthonyBourdain together. He was authentic, accessible and always down where people and food intersected with real life. If he were still with us, my dad would be heartbroken. Maybe they’re enjoying a meal together now…
— Melissa L. A. (@melissa__lerma) June 8, 2018
Thank you, Mr. President. We needed you today.
— Eric Garland (@ericgarland) June 8, 2018
Two of my favorite people
RIP Anthony B
— Oracle (@OratorOracle) June 8, 2018
When this president memorializes you on Twitter it actually means something
— Jonathan Gardner (@thejongardner) June 8, 2018
— Yvette Smith-Smith (@ysmithwas) June 8, 2018
I'm in tears right now… but am grateful for Anthony's time of this earth, teaching us about ourselves through his own wild experience. Miss you too @POTUS44 – we feel so untethered in the awful chaos of this administration. #upsidedown
— BasementCatERE (@BasementCatERE) June 8, 2018
I’m saddened by anyone who feels there is no other way out from the personal hell of anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. If anyone out there is feeling like this #ICare, and so do many others. It can and will get better! Been there! ❤️
— MsAnneThropy ??? (@cincigiantsgirl) June 8, 2018
This was a wonderful episode; such sad news now
— Jenifer Bartman (@JeniferInc) June 8, 2018
You're always there with the right words.
— showmethemoney (@smtm_LFC) June 8, 2018
That was lovely. Thank you, Mr. President.
— Thomas L McGrath (@tommx) June 8, 2018
Seeing you here, honoring him so eloquently, remembering, reminding us of our lost humanity and the incredible human we have lost has broken the fourth wall for my tears. We miss you. Thank you for making us feel a little better on this awful day.
— Patricia A. Smith (@nonconfromist) June 8, 2018
One of my favorite episodes. This brought a tear to my eye. He definitely was able to bring people together and let us explore parts that maybe foreign & our preconceived fear. He made us want to live vicariously through him but maybe 1 day actually LIVE through our own travels.
— Tigerly (@LySocial) June 8, 2018
This kind of compassion and elegance can’t be taught. You either have it or you don’t. Thank you President Obama for 8 good years.
— Alethea and JUST-US (@arlethapappas) June 8, 2018
Wonderful words, Mr. President. I've met many people, but I'd always hoped to run into Tony and share a cold beer with him. I'm saddened I'll never get that chance.
— Cody Bye (@codybye) June 8, 2018
Very well said. We need more unity. His show brought all cultures together. I looked forward to watching him meet new people, try new things, crack jokes & have drinks with strangers all over the world. He will be missed dearly.?❤?
— YouCan'tFixStupid2 (@LadyYoucan) June 8, 2018
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.