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Growing up, there was never a time that food and music didn’t go hand in hand. I learned to gauge how big and delicious a meal was going to be based on what music my mom had going on her little boombox in our kitchen; if it was quiet, that meant it was something simple. If it was Maze featuring Frankie Beverly or Earth Wind and Fire, forget about it – mom was whipping up a Thanksgiving style feast and you’d better get out of her way or throw on an apron.
Which is why I’m not even the slightest bit surprised that the tragic death of critically acclaimed chef Anthony Bourdain hit the music world so hard.
The 61-year-old legend of the food world was found dead Friday morning – another brilliant soul claimed by depression, tricked into believing that the world was somehow better off without him in it. A rock and roll fan who’s rubbed elbows with some of the genre’s best and brightest visionaries over steaming plates of food, Bourdain’s passing prompted an overwhelming outpouring of shock and grief from the rock world.
As the world mourns, here’s what Bourdain’s friends in the rock world are saying:
But the most powerful message came from Jane’s Addiction alumni Dave Navarro, who shared his own experience battling depression:
“Hang in there to allow the process and the shapes to change. I can tell you 100% that they do. Please reach out if you find yourself in the darkness. There is no darkness without light. Try to be willing to let it find you,” said Navarro.
Bourdain’s death follows that of fashion designer Kate Spade, who took her own life earlier this week after a lengthy battle with depression and anxiety. At the time of his death, he was in France filming an episode of Parts Unknown and was found unresponsive in his hotel room by friend and fellow chef, Eric Ripert. In addition to a glowing legacy as a chef, author, television personality, and cultural enthusiast, Anthony Bourdain is survived by his mother, Gladys, and his 11-year-old daughter Ariane Bourdain.