Kilmer slammed for calling Bourdain’s death ‘selfish’
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.”
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
Anthony Bourdain was found dead in a hotel room on June 8