Anthony Bourdain is dead. The celebrated chef, food guide, TV show host and all-around traveller has died at 61. While reports about his death are still scarce, CNN has confirmed that Bourdain has committed suicide.
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” CNN said about the chef’s death on Friday morning.
“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 host is in France shooting an episode for his travel food show, Parts Unknown. According to sources, he was found unresponsive in his hotel room by his close friend, Chef Eric Ripert.
Bourdain has established his name in pop culture by traveling across the globe in search for the best places to dine. He has also won several awards for his work, and is also a best-selling author.
The death of Anthony Bourdain happened just three days after American fashion designer, Kate Spade’s death. The businesswoman also committed suicide. The number of celebrities with this cause of death has been steadily growing. With this, everyone — famous or not — are encouraged to talk to someone when going through depression.
You may call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. The lifeline provides 24/7 free and confidential support to people in destress.