Val Kilmer Comments on Anthony Bourdain’s Death, Triggers Outrage

By Jack Phillips

Actor Val Kilmer drew controversy on Friday after calling chef Anthony Bourdain’s reported suicide “selfish.”

“Oh the dark thick pain of loss. The selfishness. How many moments away were you from feeling the love that was universal. From every corner of the world you were loved. So selfish. You’ve given us cause to be so angry,” Kilmer, 58, wrote on Facebook Friday.

He added that suicide is the “most selfish act a human can execute,” according to the post.

According to Bourdain’s employer, CNN, in a statement, he was found dead of a suicide at age 61 in France.

Kilmer added that he didn’t know him personally, but he said that his fans were “selfishly angry” that he left them behind.

“Would you have taken your life two years ago when like me you were unable to take in food and move it with your tongue over your taste buds because your tongue was too swollen? Is too swollen. I think and dream and plan on eating and tasting and enjoying every meal I’ve ever enjoyed and every meal I’ve learned to enjoy in my imagination,” he wrote.

He added: “[Although] I’ve never met a meal I didn’t like in the last 40 years except anything with too much cilantro. Was that it? You woke up and realized you were no longer hungry. And that even with a young daughter at home you would never be hungry enough again to want to take in breath. Was your father’s hate so still so present as to cloud over every last sunny moment of every single damn day Anthony?”

“You left too soon my friend. I fell asleep to watching you enjoy Uruguay last night. It was a rerun but I always find something I didn’t see before,” he added. “You left too soon. And I’m going to prove it.”

According to CNN, Bourdain was found dead in a Paris hotel room as he was filming an episode for CNN’s “Parts Unknown.”

“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” the network said on Friday. “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller.”

If you’re in an emergency in the US or Canada, please call 911. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255. Young people can call the Kids Help Phone on 1-800-668-6868.

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