Anthony Bourdain, the celebrity TV chef, died at the age of 61, according to CNN.
CNN confirmed his death on Friday, saying it was a suicide.
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” CNN said on Friday. “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.”
He was in France working on a new episode of his CNN series “Parts Unknown.” His friend Eric Ripert, a French chef, found him unresponsive in his hotel room.
“Tony was an exceptional talent,” CNN President Jeff Zucker told employees. “Tony will be greatly missed not only for his work but also for the passion with which he did it.”
In a statement provided to People magazine, the U.S. Embassy in Paris wrote: “We can confirm the death of Anthony Bourdain in the Haut-Rhin department of France. We extend our sincere condolences to friends and family. We stand ready to provide appropriate consular service. Out of respect for the family at this difficult time we have no further comment.”
His death took place a few days after fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead of a suicide.
“Kate suffered from depression and anxiety for many years,” her husband said in a statement to media outlets. “She was actively seeking help and working closely with her doctors to treat her disease, one that takes far too many lives.”
If you’re in an emergency in the US or Canada, please call 911. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255. Young people can call the Kids Help Phone on 1-800-668-6868.
I ate with Bourdain. Probably 2004. He was big even then but he took time to sit with me in Chinatown to talk “weird” food for a magazine piece I was writing. He taught me that our “weird” is the world’s delicious. We ate chicken feet. The afternoon vibrated with life. RIP
— John Hodgman (@hodgman) June 8, 2018
I am shocked and deeply saddened. RIP to a father, partner, chef, writer, and incredibly talented man. @Bourdain ❤️ Prayers for his loved ones.
— Antoni Porowski (@antoni) June 8, 2018
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