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The tragic news of celebrity chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain’s suicide started a ripple effect Friday, prompting friends, fans and colleagues to acknowledge how they would remember and honor him. One such mourner was “Everybody Loves Raymond” creator, Phil Rosenthal, who announced during a screening at the Austin ATX Television Festival he would be dedicating his Netflix food/travel series “Somebody Feed Phil” to Bourdain.
“I’m exactly like Anthony Bourdain if he was afraid of everything,” Rosenthal said, while promoting the show’s upcoming second season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “And so my show, of course, is a take on his type of show. Just to say that means that he invented an entire genre, so I want to dedicate not just this episode to him but my entire series.”
“Life is about travel, the beauty in life, the love we find, the joy we have, the laughs we have together, so that’s what I’m dedicating the rest of my life to,” he added.
Bourdain died Friday at age 61 as a result of suicide, CNN reported. According to the BBC, his body was found in a hotel room in a Strasbourg, France, where he was shooting an episode for CNN’s “Parts Unknown,” now in its 11th season.
Rosenthal said before screening a new episode of “Somebody Feed Phil” that he was “shocked and saddened this morning” by the news of Bourdain’s suicide.
“I still am very sad, but I want you to know what an inspiration he was to me and probably all of you — anyone who travels, anyone who eats,” Rosenthal added. “He evolved from a chef and a food traveler to a world-class journalist.”