Renowned celebrity chef, television personality and author, Anthony Bourdain, was found unresponsive in his hotel room earlier this morning. Bourdain, 61, was filming his 11th season of Parts Unknown for CNN in Strasbourg, FranceHis body was discovered by Eric Ripert, French chef and close fried to Bourdain. The cause of death is currently suspected to be suicide.

Bourdain was catapulted into the spotlight in 2000 after releasing his best selling book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, which exposed the hidden world of high-end, luxury cuisine. Using his new platform, Bourdain became the host of  A Cook’s Tour on Food Network in 2002. His career grew rapidly and it wasn’t long before he began accumulating awards for his work. He won two Emmy’s for his show Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations on the Travel Channel, as well as a Peabody Award for his current show Parts Unknown. Personally, Bourdain was twice married and left behind an 11 year old daughter.

CNN released this official 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.”

Sympathy has been outpouring, with many celebrities and chefs commenting on both the shocking news of Bourdain’s death, as well as the serious factors that may lead to suicide.

 

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If you or anyone you know is contemplating suicide please reach out and contact US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255 or the Crisis Test Line by texting HOME to 741741.