Anthony Bourdain was found dead following a suspected suicide, CNN reported. The Celeb chef and gifted writer from, New York City, had worked with the US broadcaster for a number of years.
Bourdain’s close friend and fellow chef Eric Ripert found him unresponsive in his hotel room in Strasbourg. He was working on an episode for his CNN show Parts Unknown, which is currently airing its 11th season.
Bourdain was 61-years-old, preparing to celebrate his birthday on June 25. CNN paid tribute to his “remarkable stories” in a statement which read: “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.”
Anthony Bourdain was worth £11.95million ($16million) in 2018. Bourdain, host of the Emmy winning travel and food show Parts Unknown shot to fame in 2000. His book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly revealed an expose of the haute cuisine world.
In the lead up to his death, Bourdain was keen to shake off his “bad boy” image, which he gained for his use of sexual references in hit TV show No Reservations.
Enjoying working on Parts Unknown, the chef extraordinaire told the Globe and Mail in April 2018: “I’m not a chef. I’m not bad. And I’m not a boy.”