Anthony Bourdain, the talented culinary expert, storyteller and author who took TV watchers around the globe to investigate culture, cooking and the human condition for almost two decades, has passed on. He was 61.
The previous culinary expert uncovered the underbelly of eatery culture. Mr. Bourdain later turned into a well known TV host of cooking and travel show.
According to the network, he committed suicide.
The network reports that Bourdain’s close friend, Eric Ripert, a French chef, found him unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning.
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” CCN said in a statement on Friday.
“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 in France working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning CNN series, “Parts Unknown.
Bourdain joined CNN five years ago. In an email to employees, the network’s president, Jeff Zucker, remembered him as an “exceptional talent.”
“Tony will be greatly missed not only for his work but also for the passion with which he did it,” Zucker wrote.
Viewers around the world felt connected to Bourdain through his fearless travels, his restless spirit and his magical way with words. Fans, fellow chefs, celebrities and friends reacted to his death with stunned sorrow.
“My heart breaks for Tony Bourdain,” CNN’s chief international correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, wrote on Twitter. “May he rest in peace now.”
President Donald Trump on his condolences message to Bourdain’s family on Friday morning.
“I enjoyed his show,”, “He was quite a character.”