Beloved Chef & Television Host Anthony Bourdain Dead At 61 From Apparent Suicide

anthony bourdain
PHOTO: LARRY FRENCH / GETTY IMAGES

Anthony Bourdain, the beloved American chef, Emmy-winning TV personality, and best-selling author, has died of an apparent suicide at the age of 61. CNN reported that the Parts Unknown host was filming an episode of the series in Strasbourg, France when his longtime friend and fellow chef Eric Ripert found him unresponsive in his hotel room. He had hanged himself.

"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 cycled through the New York City restaurant scene for years before becoming the executive chef at the French bistro Brasserie Les Halles. His experience led to his book "Kitchen Confidential," published in 2000, which saw enormous success and helped launch his prolific career as a television host. 

His breakout hit No Reservations ran on the Travel Channel from 2005 through 2012. A year later, Parts Unknown premiered on CNN and it immediately won a Peabody Award. But awards aside, his shows won him something much more important: nationwide adoration. Bourdain was celebrated for his honest and unique voice and his ability to inspire to many.

Bourdain leaves behind an 11-year-old daughter and a nation of heartbroken fans. RIP.

If you or someone you know is struggling, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “help” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

GET THE LATEST
SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER AND DON'T MISS A BEAT!

CHRISTINA BUFF

Christina is a writer, editor, creator, and workaholic from Maryland with an encyclopedic knowledge of How I Met Your Mother. She’d rather be at a Phish show. Catch up with her on her site Touch Infinity.

MORE STORIES

selena gomez

Selena Gomez Spent Her Saturday Night Dancing With Cancer Survivors At A Children's Hospital Prom

TRENDING NEWS
heather locklear

Heather Locklear Rushed To Hospital For Apparent Overdose Hours After Release From Jail

TRENDING NEWS
justin bieber hailey baldwin

It Looks Like Girlfriend Recycler Justin Bieber & Hailey Baldwin Are Officially A Couple Again

TRENDING NEWS
jimmy fallon donald trump

Jimmy Fallon Reacts To President Trump's Salty 'Be A Man' Tweet In The Most Honorable Way

TRENDING NEWS
Kanye west kim kardashian

Real Talk: Kanye West Legitimately Thought Kim Kardashian Was Going To Divorce Him After Those Slavery Comments

TRENDING NEWS
heather locklear

Heather Locklear Was Arrested For Punching A Cop Just Days After Involuntary Psych Evaluation

TRENDING NEWS
MORE STORIES