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.