Asia Argento, Eric Ripert React to Anthony Bourdain's Passing

The travel and food world were rocked this morning with the news that Anthony Bourdain had reportedly taken his own life.

The journalist and author was in Paris, filming a new episode of his CNN series Parks Unknown with his best friend (fellow author and chef Eric Ripert). It was reported this morning that Ripert was the one who found Bourdain, unresponsive, in his hotel room.

Ripert has since posted to his Twitter, a short message about his friend:

"Anthony was my best friend. An exceptional human being, so inspiring & generous. One of the great storytellers who connected w so many. I pray he is at peace from the bottom of my heart. My love & prayers are also w his family, friends and loved ones. "

Filmmaker and activist Asia Argento, Bourdain's girlfriend, also posted:

"Anthony gave all of himself in everything he did. His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, his generosity knew no bounds. He was my love, my rock, my protector. I am beyond devastated. My thoughts are with his family. I would ask that you respect their privacy and mine."

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We at Bleeding Cool want to remind all our readers that you are NEVER alone, no matter what the circumstances. If you or someone you know needs help, please do not hesitate to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call 1-800-273-8255 for US residents.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional

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