Gladys Bourdain, the mother of late chef Anthony Bourdain, died Friday at the age of 85.
News of her death was confirmed by her only surviving son, Christopher, who told the New York Times that Bourdain passed away on January 10 at a hospice facility in New York City.
Bourdain worked at the Times for 24 years, starting in 1984 and working as a copy editor until 2008, and proved to play an instrumental role in her son’s career as a culinary storyteller. In the Times obituary, the story of how she helped Anthony get his article “Don’t Eat Before Reading This” published in The New Yorker in 1999 is recounted. The article almost immediately lead to a deal for his bestselling book Kitchen Confidential and helped launch his career in TV.
In the wake of her death, tributes from her her former Times colleagues are pouring in on social media.
Her death comes just 19 months after her son’s.