Talented chef, story-teller and BJJ blue belt Anthony Bourdain has committed suicide at the age of 61.
The ‘Parts-Unknown’ chefs found a love for jiu-jitsu after his former partner and Renzo Gracie brown belt Ottavia Bourdain introduced him to the lifestyle. After swapping his addicted lifestyle for jiu-jitsu, his mats became his home. He was promoted to blue belt by Igor Gracie in 2015.
In a statement released by CNN, they said the following: “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.”
Where to get help
From Canada or US: If you’re in an emergency, please call 911
You can contact the US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255 or the Crisis Test Line by texting HOME to 741741
Young people in need of help can call Kids Help Phone on 1-800-668-6868
If you are in the UK, you can call the Samaritans on 116123