Anthony Bourdain, world-renowned chef, author, and television host, has died at age 61 of an apparent suicide.
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” the network said in a statement 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.”
Bourdain was reportedly in France filming an episode of his CNN Show, Parts Unknown.
The network issued a statement on Twitter following the news of Bourdain’s death.
After years working in restaurants, Bourdain published Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, an honest and darkly comic look at the culinary world, in 2000. It became a New York Times bestseller, and Bourdain became a celebrity, the “Elvis of bad boy chefs,” as the Smithsonian call him.
Bourdain made the jump to television in 2002 with A Cook’s Tour on the Food Network. In 2005, he started filming No Reservations for the Travel Channel, which won two Emmy awards and had more than a dozen nominations. Bourdain later moved to CNN and started filming Parts Unknown, which shared a similar format. Through its 11 seasons, Bourdain took viewers to Russia to dine with a Russian opposition politician and to Hanoi, Vietnam, to eat noodles with Barack Obama. He had a seemingly insatiable appetite for adventure, which he imparted on his fans.
The world has lost a great adventurer and storyteller. Our thoughts are with his loved ones.