BOURDAIN.. HAS DIED. HE WAS 61 YEARS OLD. BOURDAIN WAS FOUND DEAD IN A FRENCH HOTEL ROOM.. OF AN APPARENT SUICIDE. HE WAS IN FRANCE WORKING ON AN UPCOMING EPISODE OF HIS AWARD WINNING C-N-N SERIES “PARTS UNKNOWN”. THESE PHOTOS OF BOURDAIN WERE SHOT JUST FOUR DAYS AGO.. AS HE FILMED AT A RESTAURANT IN COLMAR, ALSACE BOURDAIN DID A NUMBER OF SHOWS RIGHT HERE IN THE BAY AREA. BUT THERE IS ONE FOOD JOINT IN PARTICULAR.. HE ALWAYS MADE SURE TO VISIT. A PLACE HE CALLED: HIS HAPPY ZONE. KPIX 5s SUSIE STEIMLE IS LIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO.. AT “SWAN OYSTER DEPOT”. SUSIE. (KEVIN SANCIMONO/FAMILY OWNS SWAN OYSTER DEPOT) “he’d come in here without cameras people would sit down and be like oh my God that’s anthony bourdain over there” KEVIN SANCIMONO AND HIS FAMILY HAVE BEEN SERVING UP SEAFOOD AT SWAN OYSTER DEPOT FOR 106 YEARS. THE LATE ANTHONY BOURDAIN WAS A REGULAR AT THIS PLACE, JOKING THAT FANS CRITICIZED HIM FOR COMING HERE ON EVERY BAY AREA SHOOT. (BOURDAIN) “every show you’ve ever done in san francisco you come to swan oyster depot, yes that’s correct true love cannot be denied” KEVIN SAYS WHEN HE HEARD THE NEWS THIS MORNING HE… (KEVIN) couldn’t believe it, was just a shock, you imagine him coming in here you know when is the next time he was going to come in? he just energized so many people BOURDAIN’S PRAISE FOR THIS PLACE COULDN’T BE HIGHER. (BOURDAIN) “swan oyster depot, a touchstone in my worldwide wanderings, a happy zone, if i read about myself dying at this counter i’d say to myself that was one lucky guy” IT’S AN INSTITUTION, ONE THAT REGULARS DON’T MIND WAITING IN WRAP-AROUND LINES AROUND THE BLOCK FOR. IT’S UN-PRETENTIOUS, STRAIGHT-FORWARD AND DOESN’T APPEAR TO HAVE CHANGED OVER THE YEARS, MUCH LIKE BOURDAIN HIMSELF. (YVETTE BROWN/BOURDAIN FAN) “SS: he was real. YVETTE: he was very real” FANS REMEMBER BOURDAIN FOR HIS CADENCE AND CANDOR. HE HAD THE ABILITY TO SWING BY A CITY AND UNDERSTAND THE CENTRAL STORYLINE IN ONE DAY. HE CERTAINLY UNDERSTOOD SAN FRANCISCO. (BOURDAIN) “according to many locals the entire character of this city is being leeched out by an invasion of tech people a flood of tech money it’s the triumph of the nerds” KEVIN’S JUST SAD HE WON’T BE BACK. (KEVIN) “you imagine somebody like that coming in for life it’s a horrible loss” A BAY AREA WOMAN CHARGED WITH FALSELY ACCUSING MEN OF ABUSE..