Anthony Bourdain’s lost period in Caribbean after first marriage breakdown almost broke him

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Anthony Bourdain’s lost period in Caribbean after first marriage breakdown almost broke him:

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Soon after his first marriage ended in 2005, as Bourdain related in his book Medium Raw, he was “aimless and regularly suicidal” during a stretch in the Caribbean. He recounted getting drunk and stoned — “the kind of drunk where you’ve got to put a hand over one eye to see straight” — and said he would “peel out” in his 4×4 on his way back from nightly trips to the brothels.His state of mind improved upon meeting a woman in London. At that point, wrote Bourdain, “my nightly attempts at suicide ended.”But on Friday, the chef-turned-star was found dead from an apparent suicide in a room at the luxurious Le Chambard Hotel in Kaysersberg, France. He was 61.A self-acknowledged reformed addict of heroin and cocaine — “I would have robbed your medicine cabinet had I been invited to your house,” he confessed in a 2013 Ask Me Anything session on Reddit — Bourdain was loved by those in the food world and beyond.“He taught us about food — but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together. To make us a little less afraid of the unknown,” Barack Obama tweeted. The former president made a memorable appearance on Parts Unknown, joining Bourdain for noodles and beer in a Hanoi restaurant with plastic stools.Adventurous, literary and real, Bourdain redefined the idea of the celebrity chef with his culinary travel shows No Reservations on the Travel Channel and CNN’s Parts Unknown, both of which emphasised the exploration of global cultures beyond just food. Characterised as “the Hemingway of gastronomy” by British chef Marco Pierre White, Bourdain brought Vietnam’s foetal duck eggs, Italy’s homemade pastas and Japan’s silkiest sushi into millions of homes with cable TV.Bourdain was beloved in the culinary world and boosted the careers of younger chefs including Eddie Huang, Roy Choi and David Chang. Among his closest chef friends was Eric Ripert, co-owner and chef of the three-Michelin-starred Le Bernardin in Midtown. They two were often seen adventuring on Bourdain’s shows; they zipped through Marseilles on scooters, rode donkeys to a Grand Cayman beach cookout, and goofed around with blindfolded junk-food tastings.Ripert, 53, was with Bourdain this past week, working together on a segment for Parts Unknown, and it was he who discovered his longtime friend’s body on Friday morning. Later that day, the chefs’ mutual pal, Jason Merder, formerly a tour manager for Bourdain, texted Ripert as soon as he heard the news. Ripert sent back emojis of praying hands and a dove.“It’s hard enough to think about Tony going out that way,” Merder told The Post. “But it’s even harder to imagine Eric finding him like that.”“Tony,” as he was known to friends and colleagues, was born in New York City in 1956, the oldest of two sons of Pierre and Gladys Bourdain, a music-industry executive and newspaper editor, respectively.Raised in suburban New Jersey, Bourdain related in his 2000 memoir, Kitchen Confidential, that his lifelong love affair with food began when he was a
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