Late CNN anchor Anthony Bourdain participated in ‘Death Ritual’ months before suicide
It has been revealed that late CNN anchor Anthony Bourdain talked about his own mortality and participated in an ancient death ritual in the season finale of his show, Parts Unknown, which aired about two weeks after his suicide.
As reported by Page Six, the episode, which aired on June 24, showcased the celebrity chef and his friend, director Darren Aronofsky, across Bhutan in South Asia as they ate with traditional yak herders in the Himalayas and dined in the country’s capital of Thimpu.
In one scene, a man explains the country’s religion, Bhutanese Buddhism, as something meant to remind people “time and again, not to take things too seriously. This is, in fact, an illusion.”
Bourdain responds: “Life is but a dream. It is considered enlightening and therapeutic to think about death for a few minutes a day,” he narrates.
In an article for CNN, “Black Swan” director Aronofsky wrote on the nature of his travels with the late chef.
“It seems ironic now that on our last day of shooting we performed a Bhutanese death ritual,” Aronofsky wrote. “We debated the fate of the country, the fate of the world. He was perplexed as to how mankind’s endless hunger to consume could be curtailed.”