Famed chef Anthony Bourdain is dead. He died Friday morning (June 8) from an apparent suicide. He was 61 years old.
According to a CNN report, Bourdain was in France filming an upcoming episode of his award-winning CNN series, Parts Unknown. On Friday morning, he was found unresponsive in his hotel room by close friend and French chef Eric Ripert.
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” CNN said in a statement. “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”
“Anthony gave all of himself and everything that he did,” actress/girlfriend Asia Argento wrote on Twitter. “His brilliant, Fearless Spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds. He was my love, my rock, my protector. I am beyond devastated. My thoughts are with his family. I would ask that you respect their privacy and mine.”
Bourdain worked in New York City restaurant scene for years before eventually becoming the executive chef at the French bistro Brasserie Les Halles. He would go on to release a best-selling book in 2000 called Kitchen Confidential, leading to a prolific career as a television host.
Durin his career, he hosted a number of TV series, including No Reservations for the Travel Channel, which would run for nine seasons and won two Emmys. He followed with CNN’s Parts Unknown, which won a Peabody Award.
At the time of Bourdain’s death, the CNN series was in the middle of its 11th season.