CNN travel host, chef, restaurateur, and author Anthony Bourdain, who took viewers around the world through his travel shows, has died at age 61, the network informed Friday morning.
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” CNN 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.”
The cause was suicide, the network said.
According to CNN, Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning show, Parts Unknown. He was found unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning by his close friend Eric Ripert.
Through his passion for cuisine and his unique gift for storytelling, Bourdain brought the world into the homes of his viewers and inspired people to explore and think differently about cultures, cities, and even themselves through food.
In 2013, Bourdain’s Parts Unknown was honored by Peabody Award Judges for “expanding our palates and horizons in equal measure.”
This is the second high-profile suicide of celebrity this week. Bourdain’s death came three days after fashion designer Kate Spade died in an apparent suicide at her Manhattan apartment on Tuesday.