French prosecutor: No evidence of foul play in Anthony Bourdain's death

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Former US President Barack Obama took to Twitter to pay a touching tribute to the globetrotting celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain who apparently committed suicide in a hotel room in France.

Marilyn Hagerty was an octogenarian columnist for the Grand Forks Herald when her 2012 rave review for a new Olive Garden in her small South Dakota town went viral. "Money beyond his wildest dreams", she said.

He was in France working on an episode of his CNN series, "Parts Unknown", when a friend found him unresponsive in his hotel room. The book expanded on a 1999 New Yorker article that he had sent to The New Yorker about the underbelly of the restaurant world and its deceptions. He struggled with heroin addiction, but eventually got cleaned up and started a family later in life.

Fans of Anthony Bourdain have been joined by former United States president Barack Obama and UK celebrity chefs in mourning his loss.

ANTHONY BOURDAIN probably did more than any other chef to bring about the culinary renaissance now underway in the U.S. His books on the restaurant industry, like Kitchen Confidential, were half gonzo autobiography, half user guide, and all irreverent humor, spoken in the salty patois of kitchen subculture. At the time of his death, he was dating actor and director Asia Argento, who recently accused Harvey Weinstein of rape.

"I'm going to pretty much die in the saddle", he told the magazine in February while filming his show Parts Unknown.

"Yes, I have been very blessed to have crossed paths with you in this handsome life".

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Others in the top 10 were "Appetites: A Cookbook" (2016) at No. 6, "Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook" (2005) at No.8, and "A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines" (2002) at No. 9.

"This wonderful couple is a danger to no one", Bourdain wrote in a Post column at the time. "You will always travel with me". "The idea that chefs are sex symbols would be hilarious to anyone who's ever dated one or been married to one", Bourdain wrote.

But on Thursday night, when Mr. Bourdain didn't show up for dinner, he said: "Mr. Ripert thought it was odd".

The circumstances of Bourdain's death has led authorities "to suspect that not much preparation and premeditation went into the act, and leads us more in the direction of an impulsive act", the prosecutor said.

"11 million people or whatever he's talking about right now, every restaurant in America would shut down", Bourdain said in an interview with SiriusXM radio.

Lotti plans to dine at the Chambard's restaurant, and "I will have a thought about him".

Chef Wan said he was blessed at having the opportunity to have met Bourdain and thanked him for sharing his culinary talent with the world.