Anthony Bourdain dead at age 61

  • Anthony Bourdain dead at age 61

Anthony Bourdain dead at age 61

He was found unresponsive in his room by his close friend and fellow celebrity chef Eric Ripert.

Anthony Bourdain, the gifted chef, storyteller and writer who took TV viewers around the world to explore culture, cuisine and the human condition for almost two decades, has died.

CNN said of Bourdain, "His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller".

Anthony Bourdain, the host of CNN's award-winning travel and food show Parts Unknown, has died at 61, according to several press reports.

In a statement, CNN, which broadcast Parts Unknown, confirmed Bourdain's death. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly hard time".

Bourdain carried that philosophy with him through every resulting hit book and revelatory docuseries, including his long-running CNN staple Parts Unknown.

He graduated from the renowned school Culinary Institute of America in 1978 and began running kitchens in his early adult years. He became an executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in 1998.

I first met Anthony Bourdain in 2005. Through his TV shows and books, he helped audiences think differently about food, travel and themselves.

He became an outspoken proponent of the #MeToo movement in the past year; his girlfriend Asia Argento said she had been a victim of Harvey Weinstein.

On the network, anchors struggled to hold back tears as they recalled their late colleague in heartfelt recollections and urged people faced with despair or who know people who are struggling with depression to call a suicide hotline.

Bourdain is the second high-profile figure to take his life this week, following designer Kate Spade, who was found dead at her home in NY on Tuesday. Boys Town also provides counselors for youth-specific online chat at this link.