A CNN spokesperson has confirmed to ET that the body of Anthony Bourdain has been cremated in France, with the late chef and TV personality’s family requesting that their privacy be respected during this difficult time.
Anthony Bourdain’s mother, Gladys Bourdain, opened up about her son’s sudden death in an interview with the New York Times.
“He is absolutely the last person in the world I would have ever dreamed would do something like this,” said Bourdain, who was a longtime editor with the Times.
Bourdain was found unresponsive in his France hotel room Friday by friend Eric Ripert. He died of an apparent suicide.
“He had everything,” she continued. “Success beyond his wildest dreams. Money beyond his wildest dreams.”
According to Bourdain’s mother, Ripert told her that “Tony had been in a dark mood these couple of days.”
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” CNN said in a statement on Friday. “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.”
The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, Depression Hurts and Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868) all offer ways for getting help if you or someone you know is suffering from mental health issues.