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News came this morning about the death of Anthony Bourdain, the chef turned “:Kitchen Confidential” author who then became a television fixture with series that traveled the world and celebrating cultures and cuisines; most recently, he was working on the CNN series, "Parts Unknown,” and he was on location in France working on an episode at the time of his death.

CNN and other news outlets said that the cause of death was suicide. Bourdain was 61.

Bourdain’s death comes just days after the suicide of designer Kate Spade at age 55, who was said to have long dealt with severe bouts of depression.
KC's View:
CNN notes that “the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a survey Thursday showing suicide rates increased by 25% across the United States over nearly two decades ending in 2016. Twenty-five states experienced a rise in suicides by more than 30%, the government report finds.”

That’s extraordinary. And terribly sad.

If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). Or, you can click here.