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Fans remember Bourdain as a food enthusiast, humanitarian, and women’s rights advocate.

Family, friends, and fans of Anthony Bourdain—world-renowned chef, traveler, and Emmy award-winning storyteller—awoke Friday morning to the news that he was found dead by an apparent suicide.

As girlfriend Asia Argento and fellow co-workers of Bourdain at CNN shared their feelings of grief online, viewers who followed Bourdain throughout his foodie adventures around the world dived into select passages written by the 61-year-old and shared the ways that Bourdain inspired them throughout his almost 20-year-long stardom in the culinary industry.

For many, Bourdain’s careful and thoughtful approach to new cultures in his CNN show, Parts Unknown, inspired their own travels abroad.

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Some chose to celebrate his immense success in the industry at age 44 and the hope he gave to aspiring professionals.

Others celebrated his support of the #MeToo movement.

“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.”

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

Tess Cagle

Tess Cagle

Tess Cagle is a reporter who focuses on politics, lifestyle, and streaming entertainment. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, Damn Joan, and Community Impact Newspaper. She’s also a portrait, events, and live music photographer in Central Texas.

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Anthony Bourdain, chef and storyteller, dead at 61
Bourdain was in France for an upcoming episode of 'Parts Unknown.'
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