Anthony Bourdain, the chef, travel host, and author, died Friday. He was 61.
CNN, the network on which his food and travel series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown aired, confirmed his death in a statement on Friday. "It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," the network said. "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."
At the time of his death, Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode of Parts Unknown, according to CNN. His close friend and fellow superstar chef Eric Ripert found him unresponsive in his hotel room on Friday morning.
CNN reports that Bourdain died of an apparent suicide.
Bourdain got his start as a line cook and then executive chef in New York restaurants. He shot to fame after the publication of his memoir Kitchen Confidential, which detailed his adventures in the Big Apple's culinary scene, in 2000.
Bourdain would go on to star in several of his own culinary travel shows, including A Cook's Tour, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, The Layover, and Parts Unknown. He also made appearances on several major food shows over the years, including Bravo's Top Chef, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, and The Taste.
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