Anthony Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room on Friday of an apparent suicide. He was 61 years old.
Bourdain was in France shooting an upcoming episode of his award-winning TV show “Parts Unknown” when he committed suicide. French chef Eric Ripert, a close friend, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room. He reportedly hanged himself.
CNN released a statement on Friday confirming the tragic death.
"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” the network said. “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 statement added.
While so many in media circles continue to focus on the issues that divide us, Bourdain focused on what unites us — food.
"We ask very simple questions: What makes you happy? What do you eat? What do you like to cook? And everywhere in the world we go and ask these very simple questions, we tend to get some really astonishing answers,” Bourdain said in 2013 when asked how he approaches his work.
Bourdain’s death comes just days after the shocking suicide of fashion designer Kate Spade, who reportedly hanged herself at her apartment in Manhattan.
The suicide rate in the U.S. has jumped by 25 percent over the past two decades, according to CNN.
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