Anthony Bourdain, the American chef, author, and television personality, has died by suicide. He was 61.
CNN confirmed the death on Friday. Bourdain was in France working on the latest season of his TV show Parts Unknown when his friend, Eric Ripert, found him unresponsive in his hotel room.
CNN has released the following statement:
It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain. 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.
Regularly labeled a “rock star” of the culinary world, Bourdain transcended the kitchen to become a best-selling food, fiction, and nonfiction writer, before finding international fame fronting various award-winning cooking and travel series.
He is survived by his 11-year-old daughter, Ariane.
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, there are resources to help you. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free, and confidential support for people in distress, and prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones. You can call directly at 1-800-273-8255. In the UK, you can contact Samaritans on 116-123.