Anthony Bourdain's Mother Speaks About His Recent 'Dark Days' After Tragic Death

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"It is with great respect for the leader, the author, the TV entertainer, the visionary Anthony Bourdain that I express all my condolences to his family and to the anonymous people around the world who he made dream so much", Mr Nasti said.

In an article he later wrote for Medium, Bourdain said: "To be fortunate enough to be able to visit Thailand, to eat in Thailand, is a deep dive into a rich, many textured, very old culture containing flavors and colors that go far beyond the familiar spectrum. Money beyond his wildest dreams", she said.

She did, however, allow that Bourdain had been "in a dark mood those couple of days" without elaborating.

Bourdain, 61, was found dead on Friday in France, where he'd been working on an episode of his show Parts Unknown which explores culinary traditions around the world. He struggled with heroin addiction, but eventually got cleaned up and started a family later in life. With emotional and evocative tributes, it was not just fans and friends mourning the death of the Emmy-winning celebrity chef, but also former US President Barack Obama. For him, food, though a huge pleasure, was more importantly a storytelling tool, and a passport to the world at large.

Anthony Bourdain opened up about his battle with depression during an episode of his travel show Parts Unknown, saying how he can sink into a spiral which "lasts for days".

In recent months, Bourdain had emerged as an ally for the #MeToo movement, as his girlfriend Argento came forward to accuse disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of rape.

His death - the second high profile suicide of a US celebrity this week - prompting an outpouring of support across social media, with people sharing their own stories of struggling with depression and anxiety.

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Since Friday, mourners have gathered to leave flowers and messages at Brasserie Les Halles, the now-shuttered Park Avenue restaurant where Bourdain became the executive chef in 1998 and immortalized the experience in his 2000 bestseller, "Kitchen Confidential". "The idea that chefs are sex symbols would be hilarious to anyone who's ever dated one or been married to one", Bourdain wrote.

Anthony Bourdain had revealed in the past that he was "regularly suicidal" after his separated from his first wife.

"I am proud and honoured to know you".

'His travel schedule was grueling, and he often seemed quite beat-up from it, as anyone would be, ' said the source, whom the magazine described as having worked closely with Bourdain in the past year.

Anthony Bourdain in Scotland for Parts Unknown. "You only saw beauty in all people".

And, with that, it's probably safe to say that Obama spoke for all of us. "While it's been nothing but good for business. few people are less suited to be suddenly thrown into the public eye than chefs".

"I was surprised and sad when I heard about (Bourdain's) death", Nguyen Thi Nga, co-owner of Bun Cha Huong Lien, told AFP.

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