The Late Anthony Bourdain Took Part In A ‘Death Ritual’ With Darren Aronofsky On The Season Finale Of Parts Unknown

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Six months before taking his own life, Anthony Bourdain performed a Bhutanese death ritual the final day of shooting the Season 11 finale of Parts Unknown.

The episode, which aired on CNN on Sunday, showed the celebrated chef traveling across Bhutan in South Asia with his friend Darren Aronofsky as they dined with traditional yak herders in the Himalayas and ate in the country’s capital.

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In between chowing down, Bourdain and Aronofsky conversed with a man who shared insight into the country’s religion, Bhutanese Buddhism, which saw Bourdain reflecting on his own mortality.

When the native man explained the religious teachings serve as a reminder to “not take things too serious” as they believe this reality is “an illusion,” Bourdain replied:

“Life is but a dream.”

As the scene changed to show the region’s mountainous landscape, the late star narrated:

“It is considered enlightening and therapeutic to think about death for a few minutes a day.”

In an article for CNN reflecting on filming the episode, Aronofsky noted the irony of their final day. He wrote:

“His death is incomprehensible. I don’t know how to process him being gone… It seems ironic now that on our last day of shooting we performed a Bhutanese death ritual.”


As we reported, Bourdain was found dead earlier this month in a hotel room in Kayersberg, France, where he had been filming an episode of the show.

[Image via CNN.]

Jun 25, 2018 5:27pm PST

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