CNN confirmed the Parts Unknown host’s death in June, stating that his cause of death was suicide. “It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” a spokesperson for the network said in a statement at the time. “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.”
Now, Bourdain’s loved ones are opening up about his death in a new piece for GQ.
“It was at a rental house out in the Hamptons, and it was the first time I’d ever spent a night with him or anything like that,” Quint said. “Their daughter [Ariane] at that time was probably 5. She came and tapped on Ottavia’s arm and whispered to her, and Ottavia said, ‘Oh, she’s going to do her song.’ And I said, ‘What does that mean?’ And Tony said, ‘Don’t ask. Just watch.'”
He later added, “That day, Ariane said to me something like, ‘Is this something that people outside of New York are gonna know about?’ And we were like, ‘Yeah. All around the world, people are sad about this.’ Telling her that made me realize, Jesus, God, this is world news. He changed lives around the world.”
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