>> The former restaurant where Anthony Bourdain rose to be executive chef became a makeshift memorial on Friday. Mourning fans flocked to New York's former Brasserie Les Halles, bringing flowers and messages of love and appreciation.>> He was very honest and equal the way he treated everyone. He didn't privilege any ethnicity or peoples, it was just pure appreciation of life, living, and eating well, and drinking well.
>> Everything that he did, travelling the world, introducing us to new cultures. Telling us to get out there and try things, and try new foods, and be nice to different people, is so needed right now.>> Bourdain died of a suicide in a hotel room near Strasbourg, France.
The host of CNN's food and travel TV series, Parts Unknown was there working on an upcoming episode. Brash and opinionated, Bourdain had spoken openly about his past drug use and heroin addiction. His death, the second high profile suicide of a US celebrity this week, prompting an outpouring of support across social media with people sharing their own stories of struggling with depression and anxiety.
British celebrity, Chef Gordon Ramsey tweeted that he was stunned and saddened by the loss, and provided the phone number for the suicide hotlines in the US and UK. Bourdain was 61 years old.