NEW YORK, NY (CelebrityAccess) – Anthony Bourdain, “the original rock star of the culinary world,” has passed away at the age of 61.
CNN confirmed Bourdain’s death on Friday morning and said the cause of death was suicide. Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning CNN series “Parts Unknown,” which began its eleventh season last month. He was found unresponsive in his hotel room by close friend and French chef, Eric Ripert.
“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.”
A true master of his crafts, Bourdain did it all. From the kitchen to multiple television shows and books, he was a troubadour and a world-traveler who invited people from all backgrounds, races, and creeds to break bread together around a single kitchen table in hopes that we’d learn to understand each other just a little bit better.\
“That was very shocking when I woke up this morning: ‘Anthony Bourdain is dead’,” President Donald Trump said. “I enjoyed his show; he was quite a character, I will say … I want to extend my condolences, and also to the family of Kate Spade.”
Maybe we all wanted to hang out with him. He was that cool, fun, frank, insightful. He introduced us to distant lands and to people with different traditions. And without ever preaching, he reminded us that we humans are far more alike than different. Thank you Anthony Bourdain pic.twitter.com/QMznx4JMhS
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) June 8, 2018
Shocked by the terrible loss of Anthony Bourdain. Why is it always the best of us?
— Stevie Van Zandt (@StevieVanZandt) June 8, 2018
Stunned and saddened by the loss of Anthony Bourdain. He brought the world into our homes and inspired so many people to explore cultures and cities through their food. Remember that help is a phone call away US:1-800-273-TALK UK: 116 123
— Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) June 8, 2018
According to AFSP, there are nearly 45,000 suicides every year in the US. Shocking. I was saddened to hear of the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. RIP. It illustrates that success is not immune to depression. We all need to be more aware of our friends who are suffering
— Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) June 8, 2018
This is so awful.
Anthony Bourdain, 61, has died. He took his own life.
He was in France working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning CNN series. His close friend Eric Ripert, the French chef, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 8, 2018
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) June 8, 2018
This is utterly heartbreaking. Thank you for opening our eyes to parts of the world both cherished and unknown. What a legacy. Sending peace and love to his family. If you or someone you love needs help, please reach out or call 1-800-273-TALK. https://t.co/mkht3wTY5m
— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) June 8, 2018