Cayman Cookout star chef found dead in France

| 08/06/2018 | 31 Comments
Cayman News Service

Anthony Bourdain

(CNS): One of Cayman’s favourite celebrity chefs has been found dead in France after taking his own life. Anthony Bourdain (61) was filming an episode of his popular CNN series, Parts Unknown, and was found by his close friend and chef, Eric Ripert, another frequent visitor to the Cayman Islands. Both men have headlined the annual Cookout event here on several occasions, as Ripert is associated with Blue, the world renowned restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. In the wake of his death, the Department of Tourism said the Cayman Islands would remember him “most fondly and with much love”.

CNN released a statement Friday morning about the celebrity chef’s death. “It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” the network, which Bourdain joined some five yeas ago, said. “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.”

When Bourdain was in Cayman Islands earlier this year he spoke at one of the Cayman Cookout’s many events about the power of food to unite people from diverse cultures and described the offerings as the best year ever for food. He had been booked to return next year to head the all-star celebrity chef line-up.
In its statement Friday morning the DoT said, “On behalf of the Cayman Islands Ministry and Department of Tourism, we are deeply saddened by the news of Anthony Bourdain’s passing. Our prayers and condolences are with his family and friends. The Cayman Islands will remember him most fondly and with much love.”
As tributes poured in for Bourdain, the French authorities confirmed that he killed himself at the Le Chambard hotel in Kaysersberg-Vignoble, near the border of Germany. “We learned this morning about the death by hanging of an American chef at a luxury hotel of Kaysersberg, Le Chambard,” they said. “At this point nothing suggests the intervention of a third-party.”
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  1. West Bay Premier says:

    I have learned so much from other people’s comments , on how to write a comment, by reading and understanding them , I am sure alot more can do the same .

  2. Anonymous says:

    Who cares, happens every minute of every day to folk who aren’t ‘famous’ and goes unnoticed – pathetic.

    • Anonymous says:

      This is the truth. Thumbs up or down doeant need approval as it (truth) will never change. Big up yourself for seeing straight through the veil.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Not everyone wants to live forever once they feel they fullfilled their purpose. He said it himself he had a good run. It was his choice, respect it. Celebrate his life, don’t speculate. And if he indeed had depression, there’s no cure, just suppression of symptoms, not everyone wants to go this road.
    And check your lonely neighbor, he or she might need your help. Invite him to your party or just bring cookies. For no reason at all. Who knows you might make a huge difference in that person’s life.

  4. Naya Boy says:

    Ate with him at Mrs Vivene’s Kitchen in East End Kool dude Rest in Peace Mr Bourdain. my condolences to his family and his friends world wide.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Bourdain was actually a very outspoken man. He openly criticized Henry Kissinger and lambasted Hillary Clinton over her defense of Harvey Weinstein.

    These are simple facts. Just because you are told that he committed suicide don’t just line up like sheeple and buy it. Get critical, question everything and hold the press accountable for everything they say.

    If you are a right wing press, say so. If you are a left wing press say so, but if you are a news outlet, only the truth is required.

    • Kristen says:

      You are a moron! Then how come all your lovely right wingers like Alex JOnes, Sean Hannity, Coulter, etc are still around. So shut the hell up and go back to alex jones consipiracy channel. No wonder majority of the world hates you guys so much. Peace.

    • Anonymous says:

      Well said man. @11:27 am

      You are very intelligent.

    • Anonymous says:

      I can also add that this man had recently covered the Armenian genocide and was about to make some public comments.
      He was overwhelmed at what he found.

      Just educate yourselves on the matter and comment constructively
      These days, very few want truth.
      In that case, you deserve what you get.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Off to parts unknown

    • Anonymous says:

      Although the overwhelming likelihood is that he is not “off” to anywhere since human consciousness can be explained in terms of chemical reactions.

  7. Anonymous says:

    My star is gone!

  8. Anonymous says:

    It appears almost every time someone commits suicide we blame mental illness; and while that can be the explanation in most cases, some people will end their lives for reasons like a partner leaving them, losing money, house, jobs etc. People, please do not be afraid of starting over. I lost everything in my life a few years ago and many days were a “real” struggle but I did not give up on myself. I am not where I want to be now, but I am much better than where I was. I don’t know what caused Anthony to do this but I hope he is now at peace. If you are depressed or even just heart broken, please talk to someone. It is invaluable to let those feelings out rather than they live in your head and manifest in to something so final. Everybody has a battle with something and suicide is not the answer. Please appreciate having life and health, if nothing else.

    These are my thoughts for people in general and not on this specific incident as we all have different triggers and I don’t know what demons Anthony was facing.

    RIP Mr. Bourdain

  9. Anonymous says:

    This is another example that shows that you never know what really goes on inside a person. You see people who you think got it all, but yet, they suffer severely deep inside. Remember that everyone has their struggles………and there is nothing wrong with admitting your struggles and asking for help.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Had loads of money, much fame but living on empty. A huge lost.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Extremely sad.

  12. Bertie :B says:

    so long my brother , I will never understand the why ? only you knew your demons , to many people are suffering in silence , no matter what your status in life or how wealthy one might be , it doesn’t matter , people need to reach their hand out for help , its out their use it , theirs no coming back from the other option , the door is closed forever ! Blessings to your daughters bro .

  13. West Bay Premier says:

    RIP Anthony , I am going miss you , and drinking that good old stuff with you . He was a world of character and laughter .

  14. Anonymous says:

    The guy was a culinary rock star, now he’s a culinary legend. RIP Tony.

  15. Anonymous says:

    i loved his show on CNN the last five years, and his former show No Reservations on the Travel Channel. Eric Ripert appeared on so many of his shows — Tony was like his big brother, always challenging him to do new things.

    He was a former drug addict who continued as a social drinker. He admitted in the past his struggles with depression, but he always seemed to be so strong and reflective.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Rip tony

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