Anthony Bourdain, celebrity chef, acclaimed author and beloved television host, has died at age 61. CNN confirmed Bourdain's death on Friday (June 8th) and reported the cause of death was suicide. His friend Eric Ripert, a French chef, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room in France where he was working on a future episode of his CNN series Parts Unknown.
"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."
Bourdain burst into the public eye with his no-holds-barred 2000 book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, and since then, had likely become best known as the wry, intrepid, no-bullshit television host of shows like the Food Network's A Cook's Tour, the Travel Channel's Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and CNN's Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.
At his heart, Bourdain was a punk rocker, who seemed to bring a brash, iconoclastic attitude — but also a deep humanity — to everything he did. And as much as he loved great food, he also loved great music. Bourdain frequently nodded to his lifelong passion for punk, hardcore, metal and more, writing about growing up in the NYC CBGB scene of the Seventies, championing the likes of Harley Flanagan, cooking with Queens of the Stone Age on No Reservations and, most recently, featuring System of a Down's Serj Tankian on Parts Unknown, an episode that you can watch below.
He will be missed. R.I.P.
If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for a list of additional resources. Here's what you can do when a loved one is severely depressed.
UPDATE: Serj Tankian and Harley Flanagan have both commented on Bourdain's death via Instagram. See their posts below.
I am utterly shocked by the news of @anthonybourdain ‘s passing. We have lost an honest broker of life, cuisine, culture and truth. I was honored to have spent time with him in Armenia for CNN’s “Parts Unknown.” Our love and condolences go out to his family and all those he touched with his beautiful spirit.
I am in shock and so sad about the loss of my friend. My heart goes out to his daughter and to all his family and friends. I truly respected this man, he was one of the few people I could really talk to and I miss him already. I am saddened that I wont be able to hang out with him, or talk to him again. He was such a great guy, he will be sorely missed. RIP Anthony Bourdain #anthonybourdain @anthonybourdain