Celebrity chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain dead at 61

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 

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  1. DougS • June 9, 2018 @ 12:13 AM

    When a celebrity ends it, its a shock. They lived the “American dream,” and we believe they should be happy.

    WHY? Because they made all the money, they did all the drugs, they fked all the holes, and they realized that the “american dream is BS. They are still empty, just like the rest of us.

    Most people are depressed and anxious all the time. To be mentally ill in our society is actually a normal response to the absurdity of our own existence.

  2. StanlyG • June 9, 2018 @ 12:14 AM

    Doug, get some help man.

  3. Nora • June 9, 2018 @ 3:51 PM

    The emptiness is a space within our heart to be filled only by our Creator, but He only comes to you on a personal invitation from you. God is Love, He created us to be like His likeness and goodness. Communion with Him is a gift and most important for eternal life forever

  4. ELIZABETH • June 9, 2018 @ 5:11 PM

    That you Nora! It shows money can’t buy happiness.

  5. Carol Bishop • June 9, 2018 @ 5:51 PM

    Everyday people search for happiness on earth. Money, fame. and material things. Cars, houses, and everything a person can dream of, get it, yet the void is never filled.
    Suicides and overdoses are becoming the norm.
    God is with us forever. Having a relationship with God. Is the strength that we need in all life’s burdens. God’s. Peace, joy, love, and true happiness is knowing Jesus Christ, as Lord and saviour.

  6. Charlaine Pears • June 9, 2018 @ 9:04 PM

    Loved his shows, what a great guy and wonderful writer and host. He will be sadly missed. Our thoughts and prayers to his daughter and family. Amazing man!
    With deepest sympathy

  7. Jim Brown • June 9, 2018 @ 9:55 PM

    If Anthony did not commit suicide by drugs. I thought in the past couple of years Anthony was looking a bit wore out and deteriorating. A person has to have hit bottom and be extremely depressed to take their own life.

  8. Unknown • June 10, 2018 @ 3:17 AM

    It is very sad that Anthony Bourdain past away. He was such a talented chef. I used to watch his show called The Taste. There is lot of suicide deaths happening in canada.

  9. Frances Mulville • June 10, 2018 @ 11:29 AM

    To nora and Carol
    You know a litþle knowledge is a very dangerous thing. People who commit suicide usually contemplate and plan it. They fee that their life has more value dead than alive. They consider themselves a burden to their loved ones. Belief in a personal God if you are mentally ill will not stop the process. I should know my friend was a Christian and committed suicide. So ladies hold off preaching, educate yourself on impact of meant illnes

  10. Chris • June 10, 2018 @ 2:01 PM

    I love watching him on TV and I miss him and I pray that we can help others that might feel like he did because the world is losing far too many good people because of the lack of help and people looking at the signs of mental illness

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