'It's really too hard, ' she said. "Money beyond his wildest dreams", she said.
Lakshmi called Bourdain one of the wittiest people she knew who had a "mischievous rebel" side to him.
She added, "Obviously his career is better than it's ever been, he seemed to really be in love with his girlfriend, and he had a lovely young daughter".
'Things have been happening, ' Bourdain said.
At CNN, people are "in complete shock" about Bourdain's death, a source told E! I had put myself in a very dark place and behaved recklessly in the not-too-subconscious hope that something awful would happen.
"I had several offers from other publishers that wanted to publish it, but it was a very personal email that I got from Tony at really the last hour when I needed to make a decision that put it over the top for me", he said.
He also said there were "no signs of violence on Bourdain's body".
"Every time he would walk on set I would always shout at him, 'In my next life I'm coming back as Anthony Bourdain!'" she said.
Also waiting, just down the road, was Bourdain's camera crew. "They were good friends", Karen Reynolds, director of CNN PR and longtime "Parts Unknown" publicist, told People. He posted a lengthy tribute to the chef on his restaurants Instagram page. He was 61 and is survived by his 11-year-old daughter Ariane. "I was flabbergasted because he was talking about the underbelly of kitchen, which we saw when we started as junior chefs".
Still, by many accounts, including Ripert's, Bourdain had not been himself.
Mr Obama wrote: "He taught us about food - but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together".
Soon after his first marriage ended in 2005, as Bourdain related in his book "Medium Raw", he was "aimless and regularly suicidal" during a stretch in the Caribbean.
Trump has said the wall is needed to keep immigrants and drugs out of the USA and his policies are created to keep the country safe.
"Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer".