The former president took to Twitter to mourn the chef’s apparent suicide and reflect on the memorable meal they shared in Hanoi, Vietnam on season 8 of Bourdain’s award-winning CNN series Parts Unknown.
Sharing a photo of the two enjoying some Bún chả — a traditional Vietnamese dish made up of grilled pork, broth, rice noodles and fresh herbs — Obama recalled the tv host’s passion for food and “its ability to bring us together.”
What a terrible loss. Read Obama’s tribute tweet (below):
“Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer.” This is how I’ll remember Tony. He taught us about food — but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together. To make us a little less afraid of the unknown. We’ll miss him. pic.twitter.com/orEXIaEMZM
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 8, 2018
Because we can’t stress this enough: if you’re in the U.S. and you feel like you need help, please reach out to the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
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