Anthony Bourdain's Mother Dead At 85

By Hayden Brooks

January 14, 2020

Anthony Bourdain's mother, Gladys Bourdain, has died at the age of 85.

According to The New York Times, the mother of the late chef and author passed away at a hospice facility on Friday (January 10). Her other son, Christopher, confirmed the news, adding that her health had been declining in recent years. Gladys was a reporter and copy editor for the Times for 24 years since 1984.

Christopher was also the first to inform Gladys of Anthony's death by suicide in June 2018. "He didn’t disguise anything or take on any act of persona. He was who he was, and it was out there for everyone to see," she previously told USA Today of her late son. "The thing is he came back from his first summer in Provincetown as a dishwasher, and then one of the cooks burned himself or cut himself so badly he had to stop work and Tony, who had been just observing, filled in. And when he came back at the end of that summer, we talked about it and since he had so little interest in his college career, I suggested the Culinary Institute and that’s how it all started."

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