In tragic news, chef and host of CNN’s “Parts Unknown” Anthony Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room this morning. The cause of death was suicide. Bourdain was 61.
While social media is rife with sadness at his passing, one message in particular garnering a lot of attention online.
Former President Barack Obama, who famously appeared with Bourdain in a 2016 episode of “Parts Unknown” where the duo shared a $6 meal in Vietnam.
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“Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer.” This is how I’ll remember Tony. 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. We’ll miss him. pic.twitter.com/orEXIaEMZM
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 8, 2018
In a world that has grown increasingly tribalistic – a trend that has gained traction right here in the United States in the Trump era – Obama’s words of inclusivity, of shared values, of bringing people together is exactly the message we need right now.