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If Anthony Bourdain wanted to be anything, it was to be genuine.

All you have to do is watch a few minutes of the famous chef onscreen to recognize that a desire for authenticity was at the core of his life, a quality reflected in every interaction he had and every painstakingly written voiceover he uttered. Of course, the always wry chef never would have used that word, though in an NPR interview he once described his favorite kind of restaurant as just that, saying, "It's, for lack of a better word - I hate this word, but I'll use it anyway - authentic."

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Anthony Bourdain's 5 Best Moments

The late, great Anthony Bourdain would have been 65 today.

Anthony Bourdain

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The late, great Anthony Bourdain would have been 65 today.

The smooth-tongued TV culinary master, unfortunately, took his own life back in 2018, but he left behind a legacy full of great moments, both with the food he ate and with the people he charmed along the way. The best way to pay tribute to such a brave explorer is to revisit the moments that only Anthony Bourdain could capture. Whether it be stressing over what to order at Waffle House, or gorging on a hot bowl of noodles with a former president, Bourdain succeeded in leading a life unlike anyone else's. Here are some of his best moments from over the years.

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Anthony Bourdain Dead by Suicide at Age 61

Cuisine Connoisseur and Creative Chef Found Unresponsive in French Hotel Room

CNN has confirmed that Parts Unknown host and world-traveling television personality Anthony Bourdain has died.

While in France filming for an upcoming project for the network, he took his life and was found by fellow chef and friend, Eric Ripert in his hotel room. Not only is this sad news a shock to his co-workers and family, but to fans from all over the world who have enjoyed Bourdain's work – his writing, filming, food, and overall flair and fascination for culture and "the human condition."

Born in New York City in 1956, Bourdain was a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, worked in many restaurants throughout his career – from line cook to executive chef, and starred in food- and travel-based television programs including Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, The Layover, and the show he was in the midst of filming, CNN's Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.

CNN released a statement regarding Bourdain's passing Friday morning, ""It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain. His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller."

Fans tuned in to Bourdain's program for his honesty, sense of adventure, curiosity, and intrigue. As exciting as he was to watch, so were the diverse people he met from all around the globe and the stories and food they shared. His no-nonsense style and the way he touched so many lives were impressive and always interesting to bear witness to. He will be sorely missed. Bourdain leaves behind one young daughter.

If you are having thoughts of suicide or care about someone who may need help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).

Melissa A. Kay is a New York-based writer, editor, and content strategist. Follow her work on Popdust as well as sites including TopDust, Chase Bank, P&G,, The Richest, GearBrain, The Journiest, Bella, TrueSelf, AMC Daycare, and more.

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