Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has been found dead in a hotel room of an apparent suicide.
The 61-year-old was near Strasbourg, France, working on a shoot for his CNN series, Parts Unknown.
CNN said in a statement on June 8: “It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain.”
Anthony Bourdain was a best-selling food, fiction and nonfiction author.
The network’s statement continued: “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.”
Authorities in France’s Alsace region confirmed Anthony Bourdain’s death at Le Chambard luxury hotel in Kaysersberg, AFP reported, adding that no foul play was suspected.
Anthony Bourdain’s death comes days after the suicide of another much-loved celebrity, 55-year-old fashion designer Kate Spade, in New York.
He shot to fame in 2000 with a best-selling book called Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, a behind-the-scenes expose on the world of haute cuisine.
His first TV show was A Cook’s Tour on the Food Network in 2002. Three years later he joined the Travel Channel with Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, picking up two Emmy Awards.
Anthony Bourdain moved to CNN in 2013 with a new travel and food show, Parts Unknown, which is in its 11th season.