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Anthony Bourdain Performed A Bhutanese Death Ritual In Parts Unknown Finale

"It's considered enlightening and therapeutic to think about death for a few minutes a day."

Just weeks after his death by suicide, the Season 11 finale of Anthony Bourdain's CNN series Parts Unknown aired on Sunday.

The episode saw the famed celebrity chef head to Bhutan alongside director Darren Aronofsky, who opened up about his relationship and final trip with Bourdain in a piece for CNN.

Describing the trip as the time he really got to know the 61-year-old, Aronofsky recalled Bourdain as "really alive, fully energised, fully engaged, very curious and completely connected to this moment in time".

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Anthony Bourdain and Darren Aronofsky travelled to Bhutan for the 'Parts Unknown' Season 11 finale. Image: CNN / Parts Unknown.
"The news in the world was crushing, but Tony was determined. He had rolled up his sleeves and was ready for the ugly fight."

Bourdain died while filming the 12th season of Parts Unknown, but CNN have yet to confirm whether they plan to air the footage shot prior to his death.

During the Bhutanese trip with Aronofsky, Bourdain partook in a "death ritual". The ritual -- as Bourdain notes in the episode -- is a part of the local culture, where the belief is that thinking about death for several minutes several times a day is "enlightening and therapeutic".

Aronofsky called it ironic to have performed the ritual on their last day of filming saying: "We debated the fate of the country, the fate of the world. He was perplexed as to how mankind’s endless hunger to consume could be curtailed."

Featured image: CNN / Parts Unknown.