Celebrity chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain has died at the age of 61.
Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room in Strasbourg, France, where he had been working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning food and travel program, Parts Unknown.
CNN confirmed the death on Friday and revealed the cause of death was suicide.
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” a network spokesperson said in a statement this morning. “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.”
Parts Unknown, a CNN series Bourdain began hosting in 2013, followed him around the globe as he explored various cultures and their cuisine.
“I have the best job in the world,” Bourdain told CBC in 2017, but admitted that his job came at great personal cost to his family life, particularly to his second wife, Ottavia, from whom he separated in 2016, their 11-year old daughter, Ariane, as well as his girlfriend, actress Asia Argento.
“I travel 250 days a year,” he said in the same interview. “How normal could I ever hope to be?”
Bourdain began his career in the kitchen, and then gradually transitioned into the media sphere. He was an advocate for marginalized populations and passionately campaigned for safer working conditions for restaurant workers.
Season 11 of Parts Unknown premiered last month on CNN. ~Caitlyn Clancey