Bourdain's Mom Is Dumbfounded: 'He Had Everything'

She speaks to 'NYT' in wake of son's death
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2018 5:08 AM CDT
In this Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 file photo, Anthony Bourdain arrives at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Tucked within a much larger New York Times piece on the death of Anthony Bourdain are a few quotes from someone close to the paper and even closer to the late chef. Gladys Bourdain, who worked as an editor at the Times, says her son's suicide was totally unexpected and that she is completely unaware of what would have pushed him to it.

"He is absolutely the last person in the world I would have ever dreamed would do something like this," she says. "He had everything. Success beyond his wildest dreams. Money beyond his wildest dreams." She says she did speak with Eric Ripert, who found Bourdain dead Friday morning in France, and that he described Bourdain's recent mood to her as "dark." Read the Times' full piece here.

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