Anderson Cooper gets emotional remembering friend Anthony Bourdain

Jun 11, 2018
09:34 P.M.
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Newsreader Anderson Cooper remembered his colleague and friend, late Anthony Bourdain, in a segment of his show. He recalled Bourdain to me more than just a food aficionado.


CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper dedicated a segment titled Remembering Anthony Bourdain on his show Anderson Cooper 360 in honor of American celebrity chef and traveler, Anthony Bourdain.

Bourdain was found dead on Friday due to an apparent suicide by hanging at the Le Chambard hotel in Kaysersberg, France.

Cooper started his report saying that Bourdain loved and was loved in return. The 51-year-old star reporter took his platform to detail Bourdain's life and also tried to help people with suicidal tendencies by urging them to seek help.

Cooper's attempt was to avoid any chances of such a tragedy happening to anyone who might be viewing his episode. He displayed a helpline number at the lower-thirds of his screen for people seeking help.


Cooper shared video clips of him and Bourdain that were televised over the years that emphasized Bourdain's view and modus operandi as a traveling chef.

Bourdain considered himself to be more than just a food lover. He believed that people created a human connection when they share foods from different cultures, cuisines, and geographical locations.


Bourdain always considered himself to be a storyteller and used his exquisite skills as a chef to tell stories around the world. 

Cooper expressed that it was hard to believe that Bourdain was no longer in this world. It was hard to believe that he was not on one of his exciting journeys across the world.

“Hard to imagine he’ll not soon return with new stories to tell, new foods to share.”

Anderson Cooper, Anderson Cooper 360, June 8, 2018


Cooper said that not only did Bourdain travel to over 80 countries, but he visited them repeatedly and maintained a relationship with the people, the culture, and the cuisine across the world.

Before announcing a commercial break, Cooper was seen misty-eyed. The news anchor pinpointed Bourdain's perspective towards his practice when a clip showed him explaining his take on unconventional traditions about food.

Bourdain had shared with Cooper that people tell their story when they offer food. If one does not accept the food, they are not accepting the people. 

In an interview given to the New York Times, Bourdain's mother Gladys Bourdain shared that she was as shocked as everyone else to learn about the death of her son.

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