Friend who found Anthony Bourdain's body released heartfelt statement about chef
Eric Ripert, Anthony Bourdain’s best friend, released a statement after the famous chef’s recent death. Ripert took to social media to share on his friend’s character.
The post written on Twitter was shared on Friday, the same day Bourdain was found dead. As a tribute, Ripert included a picture of himself and his best friend during happier times.
French chef Ripert, 53, was the one who discovered Bourdain’s body. The TV cook, author, and presenter was unresponsive in the hotel room in Strasbourg.
Bourdain, 61, had died by suicide. On the same day, Ripert released a statement on his long-time friend and paid tribute to the legendary chef.
In the post, Bourdain was called ‘One of the great storytellers who connected so many.’ Ripert ended his message by wishing his friend peace and sending out his love and prayers to Bourdain’s family, friends, and loved ones.
The two chefs were in Eastern France filming a new episode of Bourdain’s show, Parts Unknown. The late star’s girlfriend of two years, Asia Argento, 42, also spoke out about the loss she had suffered.
‘Anthony was my best friend. An exceptional human being, so inspiring & generous.’
Eric Ripert, Twitter, June 8, 2018
On social media, she wrote that her boyfriend had given all of himself in everything that he did. She revealed that his brilliant and fearless spirit had touched and inspired so many, with his generosity knowing no bounds.
Argento called him her love, rock, and protector. She confessed that she was devastated and shared that her thoughts were with his family.
I have been gutted by this awful thing, and I only knew his tv and writing work. My heart goes out to you and all that loved him, especial his daughter.— J-Mo (@3morgans) June 8, 2018
You two were the best on screen together, your friendship came across so genuine. So very sorry for the loss of your friend, we will all miss him greatly.— kingraph (@kingraph) June 8, 2018
The couple met in 2016 while filming his TV show in Italy. This was shortly after he had separated from his second wife, Ottavia Busia.
CNN, the channel on which his popular food and travel documentaries was aired, confirmed the news of his passing on Friday.
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. pic.twitter.com/LbIeZK14ia— Eric Ripert (@ericripert) June 8, 2018
‘It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,’ their statement read. The network honored the chef’s great talents and also offered their prayers to his family and daughter.
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