Anthony Bourdain Was Exhausted From Grueling Work Schedule, In 'Dark Mood' In Final Days

Lorenzo Tanos

More details are emerging on the apparent suicide of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, one day after he was found dead in his Paris hotel room. According to people close to Bourdain, the Parts Unknown host had been working an unusually stressful work schedule in recent months, which might have contributed to the exhaustion and the "dark mood" he was feeling in the lead-up to his untimely passing at the age of 61.

Speaking to People shortly after Bourdain's death on Friday, a source who "worked closely" with the famed chef and author in the past year described Bourdain's travel schedule as "grueling" enough to leave him stressed out and looking "quite beat-up." The source added that Bourdain was the type of person to give his maximum effort during Parts Unknown shoots, and "go back to his room to isolate" once shooting wrapped up.

"It never struck me as peculiar, but it was as if he gave everything to his work and then had nothing, zero, left for himself afterwards," the source related.

"He was always very, very tried. He pushed himself extremely hard."
"He was not especially cheerful or engaging, off camera, but it was never rude or ill-intentioned. The guy was absolutely exhausted."

"Tony had been in a dark mood these past couple of days. He had everything. Success beyond his wildest dreams. Money beyond his wildest dreams."

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