Bourdain’s death means loss of a voice for immigrant workers

Bourdain’s death means loss of a voice for immigrant workers

He is absolutely the last person in the world I would have ever dreamed would do something like this.

"A father, a chef, a correspondent, a poet, a renegade, an worldwide TV icon", CNN's Brian Stelter described late colleague Anthony Bourdain on Reliable Sources, who shocked the world by taking his own life on Friday.

Anthony Bourdain was in a "dark mood" in the days leading up to his suicide, his best friend and traveling companion told the famed chef's mother. Bourdain, she said "did much for overlooked causes and cuisines, including that of Vietnam".

He had everything. Success beyond his wildest dreams. "Money beyond his wildest dreams", she said.

It was the start of his second act.

Among those reeling were Jason Wang, CEO of Xi'an Famous Foods, who took to instagram to post a touching memory of how Bourdain changed his family's life forever.

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Bourdain died in France where he was working on an upcoming episode of esteemed CNN series, Parts Unknown.

"To the extent which my work in Kitchen Confidential celebrated or prolonged a culture that allowed the kind of grotesque behaviours we're hearing about all too frequently is something I think about daily, with real remorse", he added.

So a long distance relationship worked between Bourdain and Argento. In an interview with The Cut, Bourdain confessed he'd partially awakened to how widespread the issue of male predation was when his girlfriend, Asia Argento, confided she was one of disgraced film maker Harvey Weinstein's accusers.

"I ate at Johnny Rockets in an airport once and it opened up an abyss of depression and self-loathing, a spiral of self-hatred, rage, and despair that lasted weeks", he told the publication. I had put myself in a very dark place and behaved recklessly in the not-too-subconscious hope that something bad would happen. I remember the time in 2007 when Tony first visited our basement food stall in Flushing for Travel Channel's No Reservations while I was still in college (even though I didn't know who he was at the time).

The death of Bourdain by apparent suicide moved Wang to donate one day's profits to the suicide prevention hotline.

"I've spent such a lot of time in the developing world, I was caught in a war in Beirut, been in Liberia, the Congo, Iraq and Libya and realised how fast things can get bad, how arbitrary good fortune and cruelty and death", he said in the interview. "To make us a little less afraid of the unknown", Barack Obama tweeted.

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