Anthony Bourdain's mother Gladys speaks out about her son's death

Jun 11, 2018
06:00 P.M.
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Recently deceased celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain's mother expressed her complete shock after learning about her son's death.


In an interview given to the New York Times, Anthony Bourdain's mother, Gladys Bourdain, shared that she had no indication that her 61-year-old son would ever think of suicide.

She gave the interview hours after the news of Bourdain's death was confirmed. Bourdain was found dead on Friday due to an apparent suicide by hanging at the Le Chambard hotel in Kaysersberg, France, on Friday.

His longtime friend, popular chef Eric Ripert found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room. Gladys revealed that she spoke to Ripert after her son's death. She said that Bourdain was in a dark mood in the last few days of his life.


Gladys could not understand nor express the reason for her son's decision to commit suicide.

“He had everything. Success beyond his wildest dreams. Money beyond his wildest dreams.”

Gladys Bourdain, New York Times, June 8, 2018


Ripert and Bourdain were in France for the filming of an upcoming episode of the award-winning show, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.

Ripert said that Bourdain was an exceptional, inspiring, and generous human being. He added that Bourdain was one of the greatest storytellers of his generation and connected to numerous people with his art and skill. 

Bourdain was active on social media during his life. The last photo for his mother that shared via his Instagram account featured a picture of him, his brother Christoper, and Gladys.


He had captioned the black-and-white photo with a light-hearted comment about having to wear knee socks and matching shorts in his childhood.

According to Yahoo, the officials of Strasbourg, France, confirmed Bourdain's death but did not confirm the reason for death. The manner of death was classified as a suicide.

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