Phil Rosenthal, the host of Somebody Feed Phil, dedicated his show on Friday to Anthony Bourdain, who passed away this morning in France due to a suspected suicide. The Netflix show host said that he always considered Anthony as a “superhero,” and a “direct inspiration.”
Anthony “embodied the spirit of travel,” in his television shows, said Rosenthal, and he “strove to make the world a true community.” Phil, who is also known as the executive producer for Everybody Loves Raymond, commemorated his friend’s passing later at the ATX TV Festival in Austin, Texas.
“I still am very sad,” Rosenthal said while addressing the crowd at the festival in Austin, before describing Anthony as a “world-class journalist,” as well as a great chef and world traveler.
Phil was at the festival before screening a new episode of Somebody Feed Phil, which is about to launch its second season.
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Rosenthal credited Anthony with inventing a whole new style of television. As it was previously reported, Bourdain passed away this morning and was found dead by a fellow CNN employee.
Anthony died due to strangulation in his hotel room in Paris, France. This marks the second suicide of a major cultural icon this week, as Kate Spade, the infamous Kate Spade New York designer died due to suicide as well.
Kate supposedly suffered from depression, anxiety, and alcohol abuse for a long time. Anthony, on the other hand, had dealt with depression as well. Previously, Bourdain said that his daughter gave him a “reason to live.”
Other notable stars who have committed suicide in the last year include the singer for Soundgarden, Chris Cornell, and Chester Bennington, from Linkin Park.
The recent influx of deaths due to suicide has renewed the conversation on mental health struggles. Some advocates claim that it may have something to do with the sort of foods we eat, as well as anti-anxiety medication.