Remembering The Life Of Anthony Bourdain To Air On CNN

Remembering The Great Life Of Anthony Bourdain To Air On CNN

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Please note: The Suicide Prevention hotline is 1-800-273-8255. It is open 24 hours as day.

What a sad and disheartening week this has been. Earlier in the week, we first learned that iconic fashion designer Kate Spade died through suicide and, forgive me, I did mean to add an article here on this blog.

However, with the suicidal passing of CNN’s Anthony Bourdain on Friday, June 8th, I was compelled to address what appears to be a rising epidemic health crisis in the world.

Anthony Bourdain was 61 years old when he died. We was, in fact, working on a new episode in France:

“CNN said Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning CNN series, “Parts Unknown.” His close friend Eric Ripert, the French chef, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning. He was 61 and took his own life.”

It seems so difficult to comprehend the demons living inside these vibrant and creative souls who have contributed so much to the world. Suicide is one of the hardest mental issues to grasp. Personally, I feel that the victim suffers a psychotic break which leads him or her down a terrible dark path of no return.

We are not here to judge. Whether it be physical or mental health which causes end of life, we must accept it and become more vigilant and compassionate if we feel someone we know is suffering.

And, in the case of depression, which often precedes suicide, we must look for the subtle clues – personality changes, loss of focus and/or purpose, lack of motivation etc, – which often signals that a crisis is at hand.

Because, if you save a life, statistics have proven that the person can go on to live a complete natural life.

I loved Anthony Bourdain. He was the comeback kid, extremely resilient in the face of multiple personal struggles. He had a difficult life but managed to work himself up the ladder until he joined the CNN family as the star of the Emmy award winning “Parts UnKnown“.

This evening, a CNN special on the life of Anthony Bourdain airs at 10:00 PM on CNN

My heartfelt prayers and condolences are extended to his loved ones, especially his young daughter, as well as his CNN colleagues, all of whom are overwhelmed and distraught at his loss.

About Masterclass Lady

Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

One Response to “Remembering The Life Of Anthony Bourdain To Air On CNN”

  1. Was rather shocked to hear about it.

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