Anthony Bourdain’s death was mourned all-around the world and the fact was not lost on his daughter, Ariane.
Big Gay Ice Cream co-owner Doug Quint, a close friend of the family, told GQ how he found out about Bourdain’s death. “I heard my phone going off in the middle of the night, and it was a text from [Bourdain’s estranged-wife] Ottavia [Busia] saying, ‘He’s killed himself, and I wanted you to know before the news came out,’ Quint revealed.
“I [drove] to O’Hare and went to their house. The whole morning, I was sitting head down, making sure I didn’t look at the TV,” he continued. “It’s just so f**in’ lousy. It feels like you’re speeding into a black hole.”
Bourdain’s 11-year-old daughter Bourdain approached Quint and asked him a question: “Ariane said to me something like, ‘Is this something that people outside of New York are gonna know about? ’And we were like, ‘Yeah. All around the world, people are sad about this.’ Telling her that made me realize, Jesus, God, this is world news. He changed lives around the world.”
The GQ special featured candid interviews from multiple people close to the celebrity chef, including Bourdain’s brother Chris.
Bourdain died of suicide on June 8 in Kaysersberg, France.