Anthony Bourdain dies at 61. Picture courtesy: Instagram/anthony bourdain
Popular American chef Anthony Bourdain has died at the age of 61.
The chef, who was also a gifted storyteller and writer, committed suicide, confirmed CNN.
“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,” the network said in a statement.
Bourdain was in France, working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning television series Parts Unknown.
Bourdain’s close friend Eric Ripert found the celebrity chef unresponsive in his hotel room on Friday morning.
Bourdain shot to fame in 2000 when his first book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly was released. A sequel to Kitchen Confidential was published in 2010 titled Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook.
Bourdain’s first food and world-travel television show A Cook’s Tour ran for 35 episodes from 2002 through 2003, followed by another show called Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.
Through his shows and books, Bourdain helped people think differently about food and travel. He also campaigned for safer working conditions for restaurant staffs.
A while ago, ace fashion designer Kate Spade also committed suicide in her apartment in New York. Spade, who had been suffering from debilitating depression, hanged herself after leaving a suicide note addressed to her daughter.