Anthony Bourdain Commits Suicide
July 27, 2017: Anthony Bourdain on the ferry to Vashon Island while filming Parts Unknown in Seattle, Washington on July 27, 2017. (photo by David Scott Holloway)

HE WAS bigger than life. The flat screen could not contain Anthony Bourdain.

The man who took us around the world was scruffy, doused in alcohol, and a joy of his work that came across as pissed off.

Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning CNN series, “Parts Unknown.” His close friend Eric Ripert, the French chef, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning. [CNN]

The rich and famous have no special key to life.

“The Elvis of bad boy chefs” is gone.

We loved his walks through worldly cuisine.

Kate Spade hung herself at her home on Monday.

Suicide is a growing problem in the United States. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a survey Thursday showing suicide rates increased by 25% across the United States over nearly two decades ending in 2016. Twenty-five states experienced a rise in suicides by more than 30%, the government report finds.

The fight through depression is a combat zone. Been there, done that and more. Family secrets and lies tied me in knots for decades. The grip on life tenuous at times.

It’s a heinous choice to reject your own life. The tragedy of it is crushing.

If you fight depression, reach out.

Often, the suicide seemed to happen without warning: 54 percent of the people who killed themselves didn’t have a previously known mental health issue. “Instead, these folks were suffering from other issues, such as relationship problems, substance misuse, physical health problems, job or financial problems, and recent crises or things that were coming up in their lives that they were anticipating,” says Stone. Researchers and advocacy groups who work to prevent suicide say the report shows that much more needs to be done to tackle this growing problem. [NPR]

UPDATE: Tragic news about Charles Krauthammer’s fight for life. It’s a reminder of how precious life is to live to its fullest.