Suicide continues to be a growing problem in the United States. According to CDC, suicide was the tenth leading cause of death overall in the country in 2019, claiming the lives of more than 47,500 people or about the same death rate as one death in every 11 minutes.
Compared to the number of known homicides that year, there were nearly two and half times as many suicides.
Data from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention suggested that the highest age-adjusted suicide rate was among Whites.
In some cases, individuals committed suicide for unknown reasons – or reasons that no one else, including even the closest friends and relatives, knew nothing about.
The death of Anthony Bourdain, celebrity chef best for hosting CNN: Parts Unknown series, on June 8, 2018, in France was ruled a suicide, and it has since become a mystery as to what exactly made him end his own life.
The Smithsonian once called him “the original rock star of the culinary world” with shows that took him to more than 100 countries. But apparently, suicide thoughts also happened to the rich and famous.
10 /10 Heroin Addict
Unless they read his “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly” book, many of his fans probably were not aware of his history with drug abuse.
Anthony Bourdain was a heroin addict for an extended portion of his life. To those familiar with his darker sense of humor, jokes about suicide were nothing unusual.
A couple of months before he died, the chef was actually in mental health therapy. He then traveled to France to work on an upcoming episode of “Parts Unknown.”
On June 8, 2018, he was found unresponsive in his hotel room. He had hung himself.
9 /10 Parts Unknown
In the award-winning series Parts Unknown, Anthony Bourdain took CNN viewers on a journey all across the world in a culinary adventure focusing on the little-glorified treats along with the story of the people behind the foods.
Somehow with ease, he managed to highlight the diversity of cultures and cuisines of the world yet at the same time showcased the fact that everybody always had something in common with anybody else despite all kinds of differences.
He did all that through the simple act of sharing meals.