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Anthony Bourdain, chef and storyteller, dead at 61

Bourdain was in France for an upcoming episode of 'Parts Unknown.'


Samantha Grasso


Posted on Jun 8, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 2:01 pm CDT

Renowned chef, world traveler, and Emmy award-winning storyteller Anthony Bourdain has died by suicide, CNN reports. He was 61.

Bourdain was found unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning by his close friend, French chef Eric Ripert. Bourdain was in France working on an episode of the CNN food and travel series he hosted, Parts Unknown.

“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” CNN said in a statement on 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.”

Bourdain’s stardom in food and media launched in 2000 after his best-selling book, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. From there, he explored the human condition with food and travel through his books and TV shows, including A Cook’s TourAnthony Bourdain: No Reservations, and Parts Unknown, often advocating for marginalized communities.

Across Twitter, CNN colleagues and fans of Bourdain’s work mourned the news of his death while promoting resources for people having suicidal thoughts or contemplating suicide. Bourdain’s death follows the suicide of fashion designer Kate Spade, who was found having hanged herself in her New York apartment on Tuesday.

According to a Thursday report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates increased by 25 percent across the past two decades, from 1999 through 2016. In half the U.S., suicide rates increased by 30 percent.

For more information about suicide prevention or to speak with someone confidentially, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (U.S.) or Samaritans (U.K.).

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*First Published: Jun 8, 2018, 7:45 am CDT