The popular host of the CNN series “Parts Unknown,” celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has been found dead in his room at a Paris hotel. At this time, the cause of death is being declared a suicide. He was 61.
CNN released the following statement this morning:
“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.”
Bourdain was considered by many a bad boy rock star of the culinary world. His 2000 book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly exposed what life was really like at a top restaurant and the circle of fame that food attracts. Bourdain made no excuses for his raucous life, which included drug and alcohol abuse, as he took fans on international adventures of cultural and culinary delight.
He went on to host “A Cook’s Tour” on the Food Network, then moved on to establishing his brand with the show “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” on the Travel Channel. “No Reservations” was a hit that earned him two Emmy Awards and more than a dozen nominations.
Bourdain’s death is the second celebrity suicide this week after fashion designer Kate Spade hung herself at her home in Manhattan.