Emmy-winning Parts Unknown host, chef and author Anthony Bourdain was found unresponsive in his hotel room in France on Friday morning, his employer CNN confirms. He was 61 years old.
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” the network 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.”
CNN reports that Bourdain’s cause of death was suicide.
Bourdain was in France to work on a forthcoming episode of Parts Unknown, his beloved food/travel series, which recently premiered its 11th season. Bourdain was found unresponsive this morning by his close friend, French chef Eric Ripert.
Tributes to Bourdain have spread far and wide across social media this morning.
If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, you are not alone. National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 or online at SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.