Anthony Bourdain — the celebrated American chef, best-selling author, and television host — has died at the age of 61 of apparent suicide, CNN announced today.
The news was confirmed earlier today, with the cause of death said to be suicide. Bourdain was working on an upcoming episode of his series Parts Unknown in France at the time. He was found by French chef Eric Ripert in Bourdain’s hotel room on Friday morning in an unresponsive state.
CNN, the network for which Bourdain hosted the popular “Parts Unknown,” a wine and food-focused travel series, has issued the following statement:
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” the network said in a statement Friday morning. “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.”
In 2013, Peabody Award judges honored Bourdain and “Parts Unknown” for “expanding our palates and horizons in equal measure.”
“He’s irreverent, honest, curious, never condescending, never obsequious,” the judges said. “People open up to him and, in doing so, often reveal more about their hometowns or homelands than a traditional reporter could hope to document.”
Anthony Bourdain was a former executive chef of Manhattan’s Les Halles and author of bestselling memoir “Kitchen Confidential”. After this breakout success the started his television career. With his Travel Channel series “No Reservations” and “The Layover,” Food Network’s “A Cook’s Tour” and stints on “The Taste” and finally CNN’s “Parts Unknown,” Bourdain has brought the world closer to home for well past a decade.
Bourdain, who was married twice, leaves behind a daughter. Most recently, he was according to media reports dating the Italian actress Asia Argento. She is one of the women who accused the former Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault.
In everything he did, Bourdain cultivated a renegade style and bad-boy persona. Through his TV shows and books, the globe-trotting gourmand helped his audiences think differently about food and travel.