According to the Times, Ripert told Bourdain's mother, Gladys, that her son had been "in a dark mood these last couples of days". "Money beyond his wildest dreams", she said. I've lost a dear friend today, and we mourn with the rest of the world.
"For me, it was something exceptional", she told People.
Bourdain said he spent about 250 days a year on the road - but wasn't planning on retiring from his globetrotting life any time soon.
Another Weinstein accuser and #metoo activist Rose McGowan also tweeted a distraught message following Bourdain's death.
"I was really moved because he cooked me a feijoada, which is a very special dish from Brazil, made with black beans and pork", Lepri recalled.
Padma Lakshmi spoke about her bond with Anthony Bourdain and how the celebrity chef was a champion for women. I immediately thought of Eric and his deep friendship with Tony when I heard the news today. There were no other signs of violence to Bourdain's body, local prosecutor Christian de Rocquigny said Saturday.
Lakshmi said she and Bourdain, who has an 11-year-old daughter Ariane, got close after the birth of the 47-year-old host's daughter, Krishna Thea. "He was effusive and happy about the Hong Kong episode that was all he could talk about weeks leading up to it, how it was like a high water mark for him", Reynolds said of the episode that his girlfriend Asia Argento directed.
Before he got into television, he worked as a chef at the NY restaurant. The report also details how Bourdain committed suicide.
"I'm going to pretty much die in the saddle", he told the magazine in February while filming his show Parts Unknown. "I was flabbergasted because he was talking about the underbelly of kitchen, which we saw when we started as junior chefs. We're just floored. A complete shock".
Still, by many accounts, including Ripert's, Bourdain had not been himself.
"Obama - who shared a $6 meal in Hanoi, Vietnam, with Bourdain during his appearance on "Parts Unknown" - wrote on the micro-blogging website: "'Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer.' This is how I'll remember Tony.
Anthony Bourdain had revealed in the past that he was "regularly suicidal" after his separated from his first wife.
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