Kilmer slammed for call­ing Bour­dain’s death ‘self­ish’

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Ac­tor Val Kilmer is cop­ping back­lash af­ter call­ing celebrity chef Anthony Bour­dain’s death “self­ish”. The tele­vi­sion host was found dead, in an ap­par­ent sui­cide, in a ho­tel room in Paris on Fri­day.

Kilmer took to Face­book to go on a lengthy tirade. “From ev­ery cor­ner of the world you were loved. So self­ish. You’ve given us cause to be so an­gry. A spir­i­tual guide once told me sui­cide is the most self­ish act a hu­man can ex­e­cute,” he said.

“Did you re­lapse? Did you just get home from the best meal of your life? Did you cheat on your girl? Those of us that knew you are shocked and self­ishly an­gry for what you just did to us,” he con­tin­ued.

Ref­er­enc­ing his own bat­tle with throat can­cer, the ac­tor said: “Would you have taken your life two years ago when like me you were un­able to take in food and move it with your tongue over your taste buds be­cause your tongue was too swollen?” The post got mixed re­sponses, with one blast­ing Kilmer for be­ing “clue­less and in­sen­si­tive”.

“Peo­ple are con­tin­u­ing to die from men­tal health re­lated is­sues, yet you, like many, think or im­ply we need to just think happy thoughts,” wrote one user. An­other said: “Sui­cide has noth­ing to do with self­ish­ness... Stop adding to the stigma, please. You never know what is hap­pen­ing in some­one else’s mind.”

PHOTO: MARK HUMPHREY/AP

Ac­tor Val Kilmer ref­er­enced his own strug­gle with throat can­cer in a post he wrote on Face­book, soon af­ter re­ports of Bour­dain’s death sur­faced on­line

PHOTO: JONATHAN AL­CORN/REUTERS

Anthony Bour­dain was found dead in a ho­tel room on June 8

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