The moment Anthony Bourdain's life started to unravel

Anita Lyons
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Troubled TV chef Anthony Bourdain‘s troubles began 13 years ago.

In his book Medium Raw, the Parts Unknown presenter previously revealed being “aimless and regularly suicidal”.

Published in 2011, he opened up about his destructive behaviour, which started after splitting from his wife, Nancy Putkoski, in 2005.

The culinary icon was found dead on Friday in his hotel room in France, aged 61. Source: Getty

And it wasn’t until 2007, when he met the mother of his only child, that his “nightly suicide attempts ended”.

Now, more details surrounding his final days have surfaced.

He had been open about his battle with drug addiction in the past. Source: Getty

The popular chef, who took his life on Friday, sparked concern when he didn’t come down from his hotel room for dinner with friend and French chef, Eric Ripert.

Waiter Maxime Voinson from Le Chambard, the hotel where Anthony died, told the New York times, “it was very strange”.

Every night and every morning, Anthony and Eric would dine together.

Anthony Boudain opened up about his past struggles, discussing he knew what it was like to ‘hate himself’. Source: AOL’s Build Series

On the morning of his death, Eric waited for his friend to come downstairs as they had a full day of filming planned.

By 9.30am, after multiple calls to Anthony’s mobile, the alarm bells began to ring.

Eric and La Chambard hotel staff went to his room and unlocked the door to find the chef “unresponsive”, as CNN reported.

The TV personality died at aged 61.

He had also battled with drugs and addiction in the past and had been open about his struggle to get clean nearly three decades ago to Biography.com in 2016.

Anthony battled with drugs and addiction in the past. Source: Getty

“All I can tell you is this: I got off of heroin in the 1980s. Friends of mine from the ’70s and ’80s, they just got off five, six, maybe 10 years ago. And we’re the lucky ones,” he told the publication.

“We made it out alive. There are a lot of guys that didn’t get that far. But you know, I also don’t have that many regrets either.

“Look, man, the only thing that matters is life or death. That’s the edge. Embarrassment, shame, humiliation, I can live with those. I’m used to it. Why hang onto it, though?”

If you are concerned about the mental health of yourself or a loved one, seek support and information by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14, Mensline on 1300 789 978, or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800


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