While his June 8th suicide may have been a shock to all of us, Anthony Bourdain was apparently very comfortable with talked about his own mortality. In fact, he apparently took part in an ancient death ritual in the planned season finale of his CNN show, “Parts Unknown.”
The episode, which aired two weeks after his suicide, followed Bourdain and his director friend Darren Aronofsky in South Asia as they ate with traditional yak herders in the Himalayas and dined in the country’s capital of Thimpu.
In one scene, a man explains the country’s religion, Bhutanese Buddhism, as something meant to remind people “time and again, not to take things too seriously. This is, in fact, an illusion." Bourdain then says: “Life is but a dream." If you haven't seen the ep, that ritual didn't air - but there is footage...and the network hasn't decided what to do with it.
Footage for the finale was shot about six months ago, and the crew had already begun shooting for Season 12.
Source: Page Six