Two Weeks After Anthony Bourdain’s Suicide, CNN Convenes Town Hall on the Crisis

By Chris Ariens Comment

This week, CNN assembled a group of experts and a studio audience to discuss the topic of suicide. The network is turning it into a TV special, hosted by Anderson Cooper and airing Sunday night at 7 p.m. ET.

The town hall comes two weeks after two high-profile deaths by suicide: fashion designer Kate Spade in New York City and, a few days later, CNN host Anthony Bourdain in Strasbourg, France.

CNN invited guests including Dr. Christine Moutier, chief medical officer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; Glenn Close, co-founder of Bring Change to Mind, a nonprofit dedicated to encouraging dialogue about mental health; Zak Williams, the son of the late actor and comedian Robin Williams, who died by suicide; Karl Rove, former senior adviser to President George W. Bush; and David Axelrod, former senior adviser to President Barack Obama. Both Rove and Axelrod lost a parent to suicide.

In addition to the TV airing, CNN will stream Finding Hope: Battling America’s Suicide Crisis, without requiring log-in to a cable provider.

On Friday, French authorities revealed that Bourdain did not have narcotics in his system at the time of his death.