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Bill Mimbu
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Posted: 08 June 2018 at 10:04am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Was found dead in France of apparent suicide.

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Really shocked and saddened to hear this. Really enjoyed his travels.

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Doug Centers
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I was stunned when I heard that !
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Robin Taylor
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This news broke my heart and shook me. 

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He accomplished so much and had such a great life, hate
to see it end the way it did.

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Anderson Cooper's tribute

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I know him only from surfing past his show, but 61 is no kind of age.
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I really enjoyed his perspectives and insights...whenever I travel to a new (and
sometimes old) location, I pull up relevant episodes of his shows. His
highlights of a region/area always overlapped heavily with my interests and
tastes. I think it would have been fun to chat over a beer with him.
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Jeff Scott
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Posted: 09 June 2018 at 10:27am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

So very, very sad. :(
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Rick Senger
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Posted: 09 June 2018 at 10:51am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

It seemed like he'd reined in his worst demons and appetites, but I'm still somehow not surprised at this sad end.   Such an articulate, unique voice.  He will be missed.
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Rebecca Jansen
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I've heard some affair with a woman named Asia broke up on him and she had photos of herself with her new guy online that were taken off after this news broke.

I'm thinking of the 11 year old daughter he had. That makes me angry. His life was so hard? Bad morals? I probably can't understand. They say you can't though :^|


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Eric Sofer
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Depression is a horrible disease, and suicide is an awful result of it - when the world's issues and pressures and just plain PAIN become unendurable, it is an awful end to an agonizing road. Mr. Bourdain was one of two suicides this week... and it's awful.

If you feel anything like that depression - GET HELP. There are people who care, even if it doesn't seem like it. Depression is a blindfold and earplugs, and what you think can very well be wrong. 

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 Someone will be there to answer and to help.

If everything seems to be at that point... wait twenty-four hours. This decision is irrevocable... so another day won't make things worse, and could make things better.

There is help and there is hope.


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Adam Schulman
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He was the exact opposite of a xenophobe and he certainly had a way with a phrase. One of the wittier guys on TV. A heartbreaking loss. 

I've avoided finding out how he killed himself or speculations as to why. He had a heroin problem in his 20s. I suspect that no matter how hard you try, that kind of thing never really lets you go, and whatever medication you take to fight it in your 30s and 40s won't necessarily help you in your 60s.
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Eric Smearman
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I enjoyed his shows and his writing. A former girlfriend got me into him
and I came to like and admire him a great deal. Iím saddened beyond
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John Harrison
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I dont think anyone has better earned the title citizen of the world than Bourdain.  

He did venture into comics among his many other writings (Get Jiro, published by DC)  along with some mafia criminal fiction.  But whats remarkable is he didn't take the typical chef celebrity route.  He didn't endorse or brand himself on knives pots pans spices etc he didn't do the a typical whacky extreme restaurant bar makeover cook off challenge stuff and actually left the Food Network because they were slowly pushing him into that.  His book the Cook's Tour which was named after the Food Network show really critiques and criticizes the network and the show.  

But while remembered as a chef he was 20 years removed from that.  And by his own admission he wasn't even a talented chef.  

A unique voice that went from restaurants to author to the Food network to CNN.  I doubt we will ever have another guy with such a career. 

I always loved that he found his success late in the game at 44.  And he never was shy about how he knew it was a last chance and tried like hell not to fuck it up.  There's a few Bourdian podcasts floating around the WTF and the Nerdist ones are really good.  

Definitely a unique voice that will be missed.

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