Anthony Bourdain's suicide may have been triggered by diagnosis of Parkinson's disease
Celebrity TV host Anthony Bourdain's decision to commit suicide on 8 June may have been the fallout of his diagnosis with Parkinson's disorder three months ago. This news is coming from people close to him.
Bourdain had started showing signs of the disorder a few months back. Some of the early warning signs are insomnia, loss of the sense of smell, constipation, dizziness and sweating.
Also, Bourdain showed a Masked Face, staring off into the distance. This means a slowness to smile or frown, or staring off into the distance,, along with less frequent blinking.
Depression and a diagnosis of Parkinson's often go together. Patients with the disorder feel disinterested in things they used to enjoy,. There is also a rumour that Bourdain's girlfriend had recently ended the relationship, which may have contributed to the suicide.
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a long-term degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. It mainly affects the motor system. The signs generally come on slowly over time. The most obvious signs in the early stages are shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement, and difficulty with walking.
Bourdain was found dead of an apparent suicide by hanging in his room in France. He was an American celebrity chef, author, travel documentarian, and television personality. He was considered one of the most influential chefs in the world by many commentators.