Chef, storyteller and television personality, Anthony Bourdain, was found dead in his hotel room in Strasbourg, France while working on his CNN show, Parts Unknown. The 61 year old was discovered by friend and French chef Eric Ripert who found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning. CNN has confirmed that the cause of death was suicide.
CNN 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.
Known as the "bad boy" of the cooking world, Bourdain got his start in the celebrity world when he wrote the article, "Don't Eat Before Reading This," for New Yorker in 1999. The article later became the best selling book, "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly" where he wrote about the behind the scenes of upscale restaurant kitchens.
From there Bourdain went on to host the Food Network show, A Cook's Tour, in 2002. Later on he 2005 he hosted his show, No Reservations on the Travel Channel. He earned two Emmys.
In 2013 the chef moved over to CNN to host his new travel and food show, Parts Unknown, which is currently on its 11th season. Bourdain was in the middle of filming in France.
His death comes only a few days after the suicide of fashion designer, Kate Spade who took her life in New York. US Government officials have stated that US suicides have risen 30% since 1999. In 2016 45,000 Americans have died from suicide.
If you or a loved one is thinking about suicide, please contact the US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255 or the Crisis Test Line by texting HOME to 741741. Children can call Kids Help Phone on 1-800-668-6868.
Our deepest condolences are with the family, friends and fans of Anthony.