Val Kilmer slams Anthony Bourdain's suicide as 'so selfish'
Outspoken actor Val Kilmer condemned Anthony Bourdain for taking his own life, slamming the chef’s suicide as “so selfish.”
“Oh the darkness. Oh the dark thick pain of loss. The selfishness,” Kilmer began a lengthy Facebook post Friday. “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 shared the post hours after Bourdain was found dead in a hotel room in France, where he was filming for his CNN series “Parts Unknown.”
His death was met with an outpouring of condolences from entertainers, politicians and others within the food industry, but Kilmer’s message took on a far more critical tone.
“Did you relapse? Did you just get home from the best meal of your life? Did you cheat on your girl,” Kilmer wrote. “Those of us that knew you are shocked and angry and angry and angry selfishly angry, for what you just did to us. Millions I should think. At least a million people like me who imagine they know you.
“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.”
Kilmer, 58, said he’d been told by a spiritual guide that suicide is “the most selfish act a human can execute.”
“You could have and should have given it one more shot,” he wrote of Bourdain. “Sometimes we must live in service to another’s life and live with no hope of equality. Life isn’t fair that way. Who says you had a right to take away all this love from us so soon?”
Kilmer’s post was met with criticism, with one Facebook user commenting that Kilmer has “no clue what it’s like to have this illness.”
Another said Kilmer’s message made her “incredibly sad” and detailed her own experience with postpartum depression. The “Top Gun” actor responded to that post in the comments section, writing, “I’m angry because I love him and what he stood for.”
Bourdain is survived by his 11-year-old daughter Ariane and his girlfriend, actress Asia Argento, who wrote in a statement Friday that she was “beyond devastated” by his death.