Suicide. Brian Stelter at CNN writes as if CNN owns Bourdain and manages to avoid telling readers how Bourdain committed suicide. While he does tell us "Bourdain's death happened" after fashion designer Kate Spade hanged herself in an "apparent" suicide.
Bourdain's career is described at length with emphasis on all the media awards that liberals give to each other. Then concludes with statistics on suicides.
Let's speculate. Since we must. Died of drug overdose and alcohol. Deep depression over the unshakable realization his whole life is a fraud and there is no hope for it. The words of a little girl kept running through his mind. The daughter of a longtime chum told him point blank, "all you ever do is fly around the world eating and drinking all day." How remarkably perspicacious he thought at the time before realizing that is not something she thought up herself, rather, something she picked up and he knew what his peers actually think of him.
That's my guess.
And I'm guessing because Brian Stelter didn't tell us when he wrote Bourdain's friend Eric Ripert found him unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning.
Eric Ripert is one of the world's top chefs. He is truly amazing and stupendously accomplished. I saw a show about how he runs one of his restaurants, how he got the coveted 3 Michelin stars, and my mind was blown. He controls every inch of the place, every spoon, every plate, the interior top to bottom through and through, everything that chefs do, every item of food, the menu, the atmosphere, wallpaper, carpet, all interior appointments, everything that comes into the place down to the last thread of the tablecloths, the air. I had no idea that absolutely everything could be controlled so maniacally. All while he's involved in tons of projects outside of his restaurant; the source of coffee beans, sustainability of seafood, the politics of the countries that produce cocoa and vanilla orchids, sources for wine, farming, cheese. He travels as much as Bourdain did. Frankly, he is a lot more interesting than Bourdain. More authentic.
I struggle with sympathy for people who've killed themselves. Life is struggle for each of us, and they've given up on themselves. Plus they are murderers. Alice Johnson, whose life sentence was commuted by Trump. told the crowd assembled to hear her responses the meaning she would have in her life while imprisoned would have to be the meaning she gives it. She found her reservoir of strength. Anthony Bourdain did not.