Award-winning chef and reality TV star Anthony Bourdain has died at the age of 61 from an apparent suicide.
Multiple news outlets reported his death on Friday, with CNN confirming that the Parts Unknown star was found unresponsive in his hotel room in France by his friend, French chef Eric Ripert. He was reportedly in France working on an episode of ‘Parts Unknown’ at the time of his death.
Anthony was my best friend. An exceptional human being, so inspiring & generous. One of the great storytellers who connected w so many. I pray he is at peace from the bottom of my heart. My love & prayers are also w his family, friends and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/LbIeZK14ia
— Eric Ripert (@ericripert) June 8, 2018
“Anthony was my best friend,” Eric Ripert tweeted on Friday. “An exceptional human being, so inspiring & generous. One of the great storytellers who connected w so many. I pray he is at peace from the bottom of my heart. My love & prayers are also w his family, friends and loved ones.”
Anthony first got his start on reality TV in 2002, when he hosted the food and travel show A Cook’s Tour for The Food Network. In 2005, he became the host of his own travel and culinary adventure show, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, which ran for eight years until 2012. (He also starred on Travel Channel’s The Layover from 2011-2013.)
In 2013, he moved to CNN, where his travel/food show ‘Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown’ took viewers to lesser-known travel locations to explore the area’s culture and culinary offerings. The show’s eleventh season, which premiered at the end of April, is currently airing. The most-recent episode, which aired last Sunday, showed Anthony exploring Hong Kong.
After news of Anthony’s death broke, CNN issued a statement.
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” the network said in a statement. “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.”
On Friday, Travel Channel sent out a press release to announce that it will be running a tribute to Anthony on Sunday.
“As a tribute to Anthony Bourdain and his gift of sharing extraordinary places near and far, Travel Channel will air a 12-hour marathon of the Emmy Award-winning series “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” this Sunday, June 10 starting at 7:00 a.m. ET/PT,” the network stated. “Fans will have a chance to watch celebrated episodes of the series including where he introduces viewers to the picturesque landscapes, exotic cuisines, and the mysterious history of Laos; his epic journey to Spain’s Costa Brava to cook and dine at El Bulli, the “best restaurant in the world,” with chef Ferran Adria; and where he explores the food and people of the “two Maines.”
In addition to appearing on his own shows, Anthony made guest appearances on a variety of reality shows, including Top Chef, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and The Taste.
He leaves behind an 11-year-old daughter, Ariane, whom he shared with ex-wife Ottavia Busia. At the time of his death, Anthony was in a relationship with actress Asia Argento, whom he met while he was filming an episode of ‘Parts Unknown’ in Rome.
(Top photo courtesy of Travel Channel, other photos: Instagram, Twitter)