Chef Taku Sekine | Photo by Foc Kan/WireImage/Getty Images; filter by Eater
Taku Sekine struggled with depression following the emergence of #MeToo allegations last month, according to a public statement made by his partner
Parisian chef Taku Sekine — best known for the Japanese-inflected neo-bistro Dersou and the minimalist, Chinese-French restaurant Cheval d’Or — has ended his life, according to a public statement released September 29 by his partner, Sarah Berger, on Instagram stories. Sekine’s death comes shortly after accusations of sexual assault surfaced on social media. He was 39.
Berger posted the following to Instagram stories following his death:
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The conditions of Taku SEKINE’s death are neither ordinary nor accidental. Taku SEKINE ended his life, swept away by a serious depression following his public questioning – on social networks and on a specialized site – with a recurrence akin to real relentlessness.
Certain actors, in particular of the press,