Anthony Bourdain’s suicide stunned the culinary and entertainment world, with an outpouring of reactions from friends, fans and admirers hitting Twitter following news of his death at the age of 61.
Bourdain’s suicide days comes after fashion designer Kate Spade committed suicide at a New York City apartment. She was 55.
While many paid tribute to the 61-year-old’s storytelling and persona, others used Bourdain’s suicide to share stories of their own battles with depression.
“A couple things I’ve written about my depression & how I’ve grappled with the urge to kill myself,” comedian Rob Delaney wrote on Twitter before linking to his Tumblr page and a 2013 article where he talks about depression. “In recovery suicide is often referred to as ‘a permanent solution to a temporary problem.’ We beat it *together*”
“I’ve brushed up against this darkness and I know it’s a tempting exit but REACH OUT to ANYONE,” said Patton Oswalt. “Stay on this side of it — in the light and warmth. Where you get to try again, every day.
Here are some more reactions where folks implore those who need help to actively seek it.
In recovery suicide is often referred to as “a permanent solution to a temporary problem.”
We beat it *together*❤️
— rob delaney (@robdelaney) June 8, 2018
National Suicide Hotline
1 800 273 8255
I’ve brushed up against this darkness and I know it’s a tempting exit but REACH OUT to ANYONE. Stay on this side of it — in the light and warmth. Where you get to try again, every day.
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) June 8, 2018
Me too. https://t.co/crKEbEOp1J
— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) June 8, 2018
Damn. Waking up to the news about Anthony Bourdain. Fuck that hurts. No other words, just sadness. Please, if anyone out there needs help… National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
— Laura Jane Grace (@LauraJaneGrace) June 8, 2018
watching someone like anthony bourdain experience different cultures, people & food with unmitigated curiosity and joy helped me through my own depression and my sometimes-tortured relationship with food. RIP
— maya kosoff (@mekosoff) June 8, 2018
With Kate Spade and now Anthony Bourdain, two reminders: you can't always tell from outside what a person is going through. And from inside depression, you can't see that there's a way out, although there is. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255.
— Derek Lowe (@Dereklowe) June 8, 2018