Celebrity chef, author and CNN host Anthony Bourdain has died of an apparent suicide. He was 61.
According to CNN, Bourdain was found unresponsive in his hotel room by fellow chef Eric Ripert on Friday morning in France. He had been in the midst of filming the latest season of his hit cooking travel series Parts Unknown.
“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.”
Bourdain rose to fame as a chef which led to writing his bestselling book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly in 2000.
His television career included A Cook’s Tour on the Food Channel, the wildly successful Travel Channel hit Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and most recently Anthony Bourdain:No Reservations on CNN.