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Roy Choi "Still Can't Believe" Anthony Bourdain Is Gone

One year after Anthony Bourdain's sudden death, his friend Roy Choi is still in shock.

By Jenny Berg
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It's been a year since Parts Unknown host Anthony Bourdain died by suicide in France. Bourdain's tragic death was shocking to his fans, his family, and his close friends. And Roy Choi, for one, is still processing the fact that his great friend is gone. 

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Speaking to PEOPLE, the chef said, "I think about Tony a lot. Tony and I were really close, extremely close ... It’s weird, because I still see him on Parts Unknown, I see his name on my book, I think of all of the memories that we have had together." (Choi's book, L.A. Son, was published under Bourdain's imprint, Anthony Bourdain Books.) 

The Kogi taco truck founder added: "I still can’t believe it. I still think he’s here, that is the thing that I live with every day.”

On the anniversary of Bourdain's passing, Choi certainly isn't the only one fondly remembering the TV personality. In fact, a recently released book called Anthony Bourdain Remembered features remembrances from a slew of famous faces who were personally touched by Bourdain, including Barack Obama and chef Eric Ripert

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