Nancy Putkoski: First Wife of Anthony Bourdain, Divorce & Death

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Nancy Putkoski: First Wife of Anthony Bourdain, Divorce & Death

Nancy Putkoski’s former husband, Anthony Bourdain died on 8 June 2018 in France. Former chef, Bourdain stated that Nancy hated being in front of cameras and didn’t like the concept of a TV program. After being 20 years together, the couple officially divorced in 2005.

Nancy Putkoski with Anthony Bourdain

Nancy Putkoski’s Ex-Husband, Anthony Bourdain Died at 61

Nancy’s husband Anthony was a celebrity Chef and author. Anthony’s award-winning food series “Part Unknown” brought the world home to the viewers.

On 8 June 2018, Chef Anthony was found dead of an apparent suicide by hanging in his room at Le Chambard hotel in Kayersberg, France. Anthony was traveling with his fellow chef, Eric Ripert in France. As per public prosecutor narrated Anthony Bourdain cause of death was by committed suicide by hanging himself.

However, the cause of his death is also speculated to be out of an ‘impulsive act' Anthony was known for being a heavy smoker and also used heroin, cocaine, and LSD. He former husband’ s girlfriend, Asia Argento talked about Anthony’s death.

She shared on her social page that "I never knew about this obsession of his. He never to told me."

Nancy Putkoski Divorced Anthony Bourdain

Nancy Putkoski divorced Anthony Bourdain after 20 years of marriage. The couple was together for a long time, and they were so much in love with each other.

In 2004, the duo announced their separation and divorce in 2005. The reason behind the divorce was the extensive travel of Bourdain. Even her former husband wrote her a long email. According to the New Yorker, Once, after passing out in the streets, he took medicine for illness and drank alcohol on an empty stomach.

Then he woke up emotionally shaken, and he went back to his villa to write a long email to Nancy to help clear his head. When Anthony asked about what he wrote, he said,

“The sort of thing you write if you, you know, thought you were going to die.

‘I’m f**king sorry. I’m sure I’ve acted like I wasn’t.’ We’ve had minimal contact—you know, civil, but very, very little. ‘I’m sorry. I know that doesn’t help. It won’t fix it; there’s no making amends.

But it’s not like I don’t remember. It’s not like I don’t know what I’ve done”.

Nancy Putkoski and Anthony Bourdain Had No Children

Nancy and Anthony never had children. Her ex-husband has an only child, Ariane from his second wife, Ottavia Busia.

Anthony said to Nancy that he didn’t want children because he thought that he wouldn’t be a good father. In addition, the couple never thinks of adopting a child.

Nancy Putkoski Married Ex-Husband, Anthony Bourdain

The couple was high school sweethearts.

Nancy met the famous chef, Anthony in high school and began dating. Nancy ex-husband told Daily Life, Nancy was older than him and the bad girl of the high school. She was the part of the ‘druggy crowd,’ and he was smitten.

He said that he graduated from high a year early so he could follow her to Vassar College in New York. At the time, Vassar had just started admitting men, and he was the only males at the college. Two years later, Anthony dropped out and enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America in New York.

Nacy was married to an Amercian Chef in 1986. Nacy said to New Yorker that ‘Bourdain was a pretty dramatic person. It doesn’t look pretty bleak in the rearview mirror, but when you are living it, it’s just your life.

You struggle through.’

Net Worth

Nancy has been successful in maintaining her personal life secret. After divorced from Anthony, Nancy never appeared in front of the camera. There is no information regarding her career and profession which showed her net worth and income.

However, her husband, Anthony has an estimated net worth of $16 million. Chef Anthony has earned a significant amount of money from his television shows and books. Even she is not active on any social media.


There is no information about Nancy Putkoski’s early life and career not even her birth of date and place.

Her parents and siblings detail also not known. One thing is certain that she studied at Dwight-Englewood school for her education and later she went to Vasser College.