CNN’s Anthony Bourdain dead at 61

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CNN’s Anthony Bourdain dead at 61

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Programming note: CNN will air “Remembering Anthony Bourdain,” a special report on the life and legacy of the chef, storyteller and writer, tonight at 10 p.m. ET.

New York (CNN)Anthony Bourdain, the gifted chef, storyteller and writer who took TV viewers around the world to explore culture, cuisine and the human condition for nearly two decades, has died. He was 61.

CNN confirmed Bourdain’s death on Friday and said the cause of death was suicide.
Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning CNN series, “Parts Unknown.” His close friend Eric Ripert, the French chef, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning.
Anthony Bourdain on January 4, 2017, in Port of Spain, Trinidad

Asking for help

The suicide rate in the United States has seen sharp increases in recent years. Studies have shown that the risk of suicide declines sharply when people call the national suicide hotline: 1-800-273-TALK.

There is also a crisis text line. For crisis support in Spanish, call 1-888-628-9454.

The lines are staffed by a mix of paid professionals and unpaid volunteers trained in crisis and suicide intervention. The confidential environment, the 24-hour accessibility, a caller’s ability to hang up at any time and the person-centered care have helped its success, advocates say.

The International Association for Suicide Prevention and Befrienders Worldwide also provide contact information for crisis centers around the world.

“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” the network said in a statement Friday morning. “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller.
“His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”
Bourdain joined CNN five years ago. In an email to employees, the network’s president, Jeff Zucker, remembered him as an “exceptional talent.”
“Tony will be greatly missed not only for his work but also for the passion with which he did it,” Zucker wrote.
Viewers around the world felt connected to Bourdain through his fearless travels, his restless spirit and his magical way with words. Fans, fellow chefs, celebrities and friends reacted to his death with stunned sorrow.
“My heart breaks for Tony Bourdain,” CNN’s chief international correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, wrote on Twitter. “May he rest in peace now.”
President Donald Trump extended his condolences to Bourdain’s family on Friday morning. “I enjoyed his show,” Trump said. “He was quite a character.”
Former President Barack Obama recalled a meal he shared with Bourdain in Vietnam while Obama was on a trip through Asia in 2016 — an encounter captured in a “Parts Unknown” episode that year.
“‘Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer.’ This is how I’ll remember Tony,” Obama posted to Twitter on Friday. “He taught us about food — but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together. To make us a little less afraid of the unknown. We’ll miss him.”
For the past year, Bourdain had been dating Italian actress Asia Argento. She remembered Bourdain as someone who “gave all of himself in everything that he did.”
Last year he advocated for Argento as she went public with accusations against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. “He was my love, my rock, my protector. I am beyond devastated.”
Bourdain’s death came days after fashion designer Kate Spade died in an apparent suicide Tuesday at her Manhattan apartment.
Suicide is a growing problem in the United States. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a survey Thursday showing suicide rates increased by 25% across the United States over nearly two decades ending in 2016. Twenty-five states experienced a rise in suicides by more than 30%, the government report finds.

‘The Elvis of bad boy chefs’

Bourdain was a master of his crafts — first in the kitchen and then in the media. Through his TV shows and books, he helped audiences think differently about food, travel and themselves. He advocated for marginalized populations and campaigned for safer working conditions for restaurant staffs.
Along the way, he received practically every award the industry has to offer.
In 2013, Peabody Award judges honored Bourdain and “Parts Unknown” for “expanding our palates and horizons in equal measure.”
“He’s irreverent, honest, curious, never condescending, never obsequious,” the judges said. “People open up to him and, in doing so, often reveal more about their hometowns or homelands than a traditional reporter could hope to document.”
The Smithsonian once called him “the original rock star” of the culinary world, “the Elvis of bad boy chefs.” His shows took him to more than 100 countries and three networks.
While accepting the Peabody award in 2013, Bourdain described how he approached his work.
“We ask very simple questions: What makes you happy? What do you eat? What do you like to cook? And everywhere in the world we go and ask these very simple questions,” he said, “we tend to get some really astonishing answers.”
Friends and acquaintances on Friday remembered Bourdain’s curiosity for the world’s variety of cultures and cuisine rubbing off on them. They included author and humorist John Hodgman, who recalled eating with Bourdain some 14 years ago.
“He was big even then, but he took time to sit with me in Chinatown to talk ‘weird’ food for a magazine piece I was writing. He taught me that our ‘weird’ is the world’s delicious,” Hodgman wrote on Twitter. “We ate chicken feet. The afternoon vibrated with life. RIP.”
Chef Gordon Ramsay said Bourdain “brought the world into our homes and inspired so many people to explore cultures and cities through their food.”

From ‘happy dishwasher’ to addiction to fame

Bourdain grew up in Leonia, New Jersey, and started working in kitchens in his teens — including on Massachusetts’ Cape Cod during the summer.
“I was a happy dishwasher,” he said in a 2016 interview on NPR’s “Fresh Air.” “I jokingly say that I learned every important lesson, all the most important lessons of my life, as a dishwasher.”
It was during those early jobs, he said, that he began using drugs, eventually developing a heroin addiction and other problems that he later said should have killed him in his 20s. He often talked of his addiction later in life.
“Somebody who wakes up in the morning and their first order of business is (to) get heroin — I know what that’s like,” Bourdain said in a 2014 “Parts Unknown” episode highlighting an opioid crisis in Massachusetts.
After spending two years at New York’s Vassar College, he dropped out and enrolled in culinary school. He spent years as a line cook and sous chef at restaurants in the Northeast before becoming executive chef at Manhattan’s Brasseries Les Halles.
But it was his writing that put him on the map in his early 40s.
Bourdain drew widespread public attention with his 1999 New Yorker article, “Don’t Eat Before Reading This,” about the secrets of kitchen life and shady characters he encountered along the way.
“In America, the professional kitchen is the last refuge of the misfit. It’s a place for people with bad pasts to find a new family,” he wrote.
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The article morphed into a best-selling book in 2000, “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly,” which was translated into more than two dozen languages.
“When the book came out, it very quickly transformed my life — I mean, changed everything,” he told NPR.
Bourdain found himself on a path to international stardom. First, he hosted “A Cook’s Tour” on the Food Network, then moved to the Travel Channel with “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations,” a breakout hit that earned two Emmy Awards and more than a dozen nominations.
In 2013, both Bourdain and CNN took a risk by bringing him to a network still best known for breaking news and headlines. Bourdain quickly became one of its principal faces and a linchpin of its prime-time schedule.
Season 11 of “Parts Unknown” premiered last month on CNN, with destinations including Uruguay, Armenia and West Virginia.
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In his final weeks, Bourdain said he was especially looking forward to an episode about Hong Kong, which aired Sunday.
He called it a “dream show” in which he linked up with longtime Hong Kong resident and cinematographer Christopher Doyle.
“The idea was just to interview him and maybe get him to hold a camera. He ended up being director of photography for the entire episode,” Bourdain told CNN in April. “For me it was like asking Joe DiMaggio to, you know, sign my baseball and instead he joined my Little League team for the whole season.”
The show’s website on Friday posted an homage to Bourdain featuring one of his many oft-repeated quotations — one that seemed to embody his philosophy: “If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. Walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food.”
How to get help: In the US, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. The International Association for Suicide Prevention and Befrienders Worldwide also can provide contact information for crisis centers around the world.

Akubra girl “Dolly” killed herself due to bullying

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Akubra girl “Dolly” killed herself due to bullying, company says

The post said the girl, Amy Jayne Everett, died January 3, and that “we need to make sure that anyone in crisis knows there is always someone to talk to.” It also urged people to act to stop bullying — a plea her father made Sunday.

“This week has been an example of how social media should be used, it has also been an example of how it shouldn’t be,” Tick Everett said in a Facebook post. “If we can help other precious lives from being lost and the suffering of so many, then Doll’s life will not be wasted.”

“…lets stop the bullies no matter where, but especially in our kids, as the old saying goes. You will never know what have untill it’s gone,” he said.

He added: “if by some chance the people who thought this was a joke and made themselves feel superior by the constant bullying and harassment see this post, please come to our service and witness the complete devastation you have created.”

The BBC reports the girl starred in a well-known Akubra ad campaign when she was eight years old. It also reports the family released a statement to media outlets on Wednesday saying the girl was “the kindest, caring, beautiful soul”.

“She was always caring for animals, small children, other children at boarding school who were less fortunate than herself.”

Twenty percent of children in Australia say they were bullied over the past year, according to the BBC.

The wide-brimmed Akubra hat is one of Australia’s most recognizable brands, the BBC reports.

Syrian Refugee “Bomber” Suspect Hangs Himself In German Jail

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Syrian refugee in Germany ‘attack plan’ kills himself in custody

Reports: German terror suspect commits suicide

Story highlights

  • Investigators believe Albakr was planning an attack on Berlin airport
  • Two Syrians tied Albakr to a sofa and alerted police to his whereabouts

Berlin (CNN)A Syrian refugee suspected of planning a bomb attack “with Islamist motives” on a Berlin airport has strangled himself to death with his shirt in detention, Saxony state justice officials said Thursday.

Investigators believe that 22-year-old Albakr, who arrived in Germany last year, was close to staging a terrorist attack. German police have said that Albakr’s “approach and behavior” suggest an ISIS link.

Albakr was arrested overnight Sunday after a manhunt that went for almost two days.

“On the evening of October the 12th, 2016, Jaber Albakr, the prime suspect in planning a serious attack against the state, took his life in the prison hospital of the Leipzig correctional facility,” the ministry said in a statement on its website, also confirming the news to CNN.
The Saxony Justice Minister Sebastian Gemkow told reporters that Albakr had strangled himself with his shirt but it was not immediately clear if he had hanged himself in his cell.
Gemkow said Albakr had been seen by a psychologist earlier in the day, but it was assessed that suicide was unlikely.
Authorities then decided to reduce its checks on him from every 30 minutes to every 15.
Albakr was on a hunger strike and refused to drink, Gemkow said, adding that authorities tried to resuscitate him for about half an hour after they found his body.

Police found around 1.5kg of explosive materials in a Chemnitz apartment.

There was no video surveillance of his cell in accordance with local law, Gemkow explained.
Germany’s Spiegel Online had earlier reported that Albakr had been under round-the-clock surveillance in police custody and was considered at risk of suicide.

Arrest attempt questioned

Albakr was arrested overnight Sunday after two Syrians tied the suspect to a sofa in their flat in Leipzig and alerted police. Crime office officials said that Albakr had befriended them at a train station in Leipzig and had asked to stay with them.
His hosts learned from social media that Albakr was wanted by authorities and contacted police to come to their apartment and detain him.
Albakr’s capture ended a manhunt that lasted almost two days, and the manner of his arrest has raised questions about whether police botched an attempt on Saturday to detain him. CNN was not able to immediately contact the police Thursday. The Saxony justice ministry is expected to give a press conference later Thursday.
In a raid on an apartment in the city of Chemnitz on Saturday , which appeared to be Albakr’s home, police discovered a mix of explosives weighing 1.5 kg that they described as more dangerous than TNT. The German prosecutor’s office said the mix could cause significant damage in small amounts.
Police carried out a controlled explosion to gain access to the apartment.
Among the materials found was what police suspected to be TATP, or acetone peroxide, which was used in recent terror attacks in Brussels and Paris, Saxony’s crime office said.

An earlier report on the police hunt for Albakr.

An earlier report on the police hunt for Albakr.

Markus Ulbig, Saxony state’s interior minister, said that Albakr had come to Germany as an asylum-seeker in February 2015. A year later, he formally asked for asylum, which was granted in June this year.
German Chancellor Merkel has come under intense political pressure for her open-door policy on refugees. German officials said the country welcomed more than 1 million refugees in 2015 alone, many of them Syrians fleeing the war in their country.
There have been several low-impact attacks in Germany this year carried out by refugees, prompting Merkel’s administration to tighten security measures.

Comments Resulting From Yahoo Article About A Rash of Middle-East Suicide Bombings

  • On Sunday October 27th, 2013 I read an article on my Yahoo home page about a rash of recent car bombings and suicide bombings in the Middle-East. At the bottom of the page as you probably know, there is a space where you can make a comment if you wish to. I am now going to show you what I said in my comment. It will be word for word so that nothing can be taken out of context. Now it is up to you to think whatever you wish. After I read this gentleman’s response I then answered him back what I think of his comment. I do not ever try to do a tit-for-tat because I think that is a childish response to anything, I just try the best that I know how to just be honest in what I write.
    I wrote,—“The most violent religion on earth, it is really sad that a person can convince themselves that God wants them to commit suicide and murder. If God wants people killed, God is completely capable of doing it Himself. He does not need anyone’s help. If a person says to himself that the Deity that he is serving as God is telling them to go out into the world and maim and kill, then it is not God who he is listening to, it is Satan, not God”.
    Anthony C. wrote me back the following, again word for word.—“It was Christian white folks that oppressed and enslaved the black africans, and with their corrupt doctrine of a bible that support the oppression and killing of slaves. you have killed over 8million indians to make your U.S.A..just like you now killed and miss place and murder over 4million Palestinians and jews to make a dirty and un-holy state called israel with over 50,000 gays and lesbians, all in the name of christianity”.
    Now, this last part is my response to Anthony C.

    Anthony, on some of the history items you mentioned you are correct or at least close to correct but on some things you may be a bit amiss. It is obvious that you are doing some of your comments from a hate filled view, so, if you don’t mind too much I will go down your list. Yes it is true that a lot of wealthy white folks of times past had and traded in slaves, scripture does not say that slavery is wrong as it was an accepted fact it that time era. Slavery is something that I personally think is horrible. In the (new world) rich folks tried enslaving pretty much everyone to work on their plantations ect but the poor whites and the Indian people would  run away asap. This is when it was decided by these rich white folks to import Africans to do their work for them because if they tried to run away they didn’t have any place they could blend into and it was thought that the African slaves could physically handle the heat and the hard work. This was the first time that a people were enslaved by being a certain race, which at least in my thoughts is horrible. I have learned through much reading that the biggest slave market in the world today is in the Islamic world and still of mostly black people from northern Africa. There is also horrible systems set up like in China and India with their Caste system, it is horrible how humans treat each other.
    Christianity has never ever okay’ed the beating or killing of anyone, ever. The people who call themselves Christians and act in these manners will see very plainly what Hell is like. Bible doctrine does not give anyone the right to harm or kill. The Crusades of the Catholic church of many hundreds of years ago were evil, Popes who ordered these military events were evil to the point of Demonic. These did kill many, many thousands of people and the blood of these people will be put upon these so called Christian leaders who did those acts.
    Now the Indian event you speak of Anthony, yes it is a horrible truth that most of the Europeans that came to the Americas considered people who were not white as being savages, soulless, and even non humans. This is how they were able to justify to themselves taking/stealing the land of these “savages” and in killing them if they fought back. In our southwest we have a state called New Mexico that has the largest Indian reservation in our country, it is of the Navajo people. In America some peoples yell loudly about how badly they were treated in time past, and most certainly they have the right and the grounds to do so, but by far the People who were treated the worst by the so called Christian white man are the Indian people of our country.
    Here now is a point that by the tone of your hatred you will not like or except. If the American Indian people decided to stage a revolt today in this time era and by force took back all the land of even one state, like New Mexico, would it be okay for the rest of our countries people to bitch and complain about those Indians stealing OUR land? That rings of total stupidity doesn’t it. After all, it was their land that we stole from them correct? Very hypocritical of the non-Indian people to think or act as if the Indian people stole our land?
    Here is the point I know you won’t like. There was a world before 632 A.D. The Jewish people were on the land that belonged to the nation of Israel for about 1,700 years before Muhammad was even born. Muhammad and his armies invaded, stole, and murdered their way through many regional nations including Palestine.
    In 1948 a small sliver of the land that belongs to the nation of Israel was forcibly taken back by their rightful owners. The Arab nations in the middle east still possess about 99% of all the land, if the Muslim people of the middle east wanted to they could have easily assimilated the Palestinian people into their culture, Jordan tried for awhile but even they threw them out. There could easily be peace in the Holy Land but both sides have to want peace and the Palestinian leadership and military wings will not tolerate peace with Israel. And in regards to the gay and lesbian stupidity, the Bible does not okay these actions, the Bible is strongly against such things, so saying this STUFF about “in the name of Christianity”, you don’t even have a clue what you are talking about, your hatred precedes the activation of your knowledge, if you actually have any.

    Now folks, it’s your turn, what do you think? Was I to harsh?—Goodnight and I hope and pray that God will bless and keep you and all of your loved ones safe in this hatefilled world.

    Sincerly,

    ted