Anthony Bourdain Bought Painting With Haunting Title Days Before He Died

by : Emily Brown on : 08 Jun 2018 16:54

Anthony Bourdain purchased a painting a few days before reportedly being found dead in his hotel room in France, and the title of it is chilling. 


The American chef, author and television personality was found unresponsive in his hotel room.

According to reports, it’s understood the chef took his own life.

CNN confirmed his death today (June 8) with a statement which read:


It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain.

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.

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Last week, Bourdain is said to have purchased a work of art from American artist, John Lurie, who said he was just beginning to become friends with Bourdain before his death.

The picture in question can be seen below in a tweet the artist shared:

The painting Bourdain purchased is titled:

The sky is falling, and I am learning to live with it.

The US artist turned to Twitter this afternoon to express his sorrow at the news of Bourdain’s death:


Lurie wrote:

I can’t believe this. We were just becoming friends. One of the few people I have been remotely interested in becoming friends with in years.

Anthony Bourdain walking into my home without a hint of ego. I loved him in seconds. A truly decent man. We needed him.

Bourdain was reportedly working on his CNN series Parts Unknown in France, when he was found unresponsive by his friend and French chef, Eric Ripert.

Anthony Bourdain was a master of many arts; he excelled in the kitchen, and went on to become an author and television personality.

Chefs and TV personalities from across the world have been paying their respects.

Gordon Ramsay tweeted to say:

Stunned and saddened by the loss of Anthony Bourdain. He brought the world into our homes and inspired so many people to explore cultures and cities through their food.

Remember that help is a phone call away US:1-800-273-TALK UK: 116 123


Christine Teigen was another who paid respect to the celebrity chef.

Taking to Twitter, she wrote an emotional message:

Anthony. One of my idols. Unapologetic, passionate and one of the best storytellers on the planet.

Thank you for making food so exciting. And always standing up for everything right. Horrible. Why why why. Be at peace now :(

Fans of the chef have been sharing their condolences and memories of him on Twitter.

Tributes have been pouring in on social media:

CNN premiered season 11 of Parts Unknown last month.

If you’ve been affected by any of these issues, and want to speak to someone in confidence, please don’t suffer alone. Call Samaritans for free on their anonymous 24-hour phone line on 116 123.

Emily Brown

Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.

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