Famed TV chef and author Anthony Bourdain was found dead in his French hotel room on Friday morning aged 61.
Anthony Bourdain, popular TV chef and author, has been found dead aged 61, CNN confirmed. It is believed he was found unresponsive in his hotel room in France on Friday morning by his close friend Eric Ripert. Bourdain had been in the country to film part of his show “Parts Unknown.”
"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," CNN said in a statement, reporting that the death was an apparent suicide.
"His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller.
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
"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 61-year-old was best-known for TV shows "A Cook's Tour," "The Layover," CNN's "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," and "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations," an episode of which was filmed in Ireland.
On season three of the show, Bourdain traveled to the Emerald Isle to dispel the myth that we are the country with “the worst food on the planet.”
Tributes have poured in for Bourdain from friends, colleagues in the culinary world, and his many fans:
A sad day for the culinary world. Anthony Bourdain said while he visited Ireland "whats great about Irish Food is our ability to move on from the past but never ever forget what we have " . He will be greatly missed. RIP #AnthonyBourdain pic.twitter.com/98RXpYOLGA— The Olde Post Inn (@OldePost) June 8, 2018
Anthony Bourdain was an example of what loved ones should be to survivors of abuse. He embraced and supported his partner Asia, encouraged her to speak and spent his last days defending her and other survivors. If you’re in crisis: 800.273.8255. To give: https://t.co/8z6L68EOGF.— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) June 8, 2018
“Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer.” This is how I’ll remember Tony. He taught us about food — but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together. To make us a little less afraid of the unknown. We’ll miss him. pic.twitter.com/orEXIaEMZM— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 8, 2018
In America, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
If you need help, you can also text LISTEN to 741741. The Crisis Text Line will respond 24/7/365.
In Ireland, Samaritans is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone struggling to cope. For support please call 116 123 in the Republic of Ireland or 08457 90 90 90 in Northern Ireland.