Anthony Bourdain Described By Publicist As ‘Giddy’ Just A Week Before His Death

Those close with Anthony Bourdain are understandably still in “complete shock” following the chef’s death by suicide.

And that goes for those who worked with the late travel documentarian on his award-winning CNN show, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.

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Karen Reynolds, director of CNN PR and Bourdain’s longtime publicist for Parts Unknown, revealed to People:

“It’s such a shock we don’t know where this is coming from, how this could possibly happen. When I was working with him last week he was giddy. He was effusive and happy about the Hong Kong episode that was all he could talk about weeks leading up to it, how it was like a high water mark for him.”

Reynolds said Bourdain was super excited for the June 3 episode featuring Australian-Hong Kong cinematographer Christopher Doyle and directed by Bourdain’s girlfriend Asia Argento:

“He was so happy. I didn’t talk to him this week but all I know was he was so happy last week. I mean giddy. He was texting me and emailing me which he doesn’t normally do about publicity for episodes but he was like, ‘This is a high water mark, this is the best thing I’ve ever done.’ He was so excited to be working with Christopher Doyle. I saw nothing that would indicate what happened like why this would happen. We’re just floored. A complete shock.”

Adding of Argento:

“He was so proud of her work and the fact that [Argento and Doyle] collaborated on that episode. That’s the last I heard from him and he was so happy. It’s such a loss for all of us.”

A loss for us all.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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