The network said Bourdain was in France, working on an episode of Parts Unknown at the time of his death. Eric Ripert, a close friend and the chef of Le Bernardin in New York, found him unresponsive in his hotel room.
“Anthony was a dear friend,” Ripert told The New York Times. “He was an exceptional human being, so inspiring and generous. One of the great storytellers of our time who connected with so many. I wish him peace. My love and prayers are with his family, friends and loved ones.”
Bourdain was born on June 25, 1956 to Pierre Bourdain and Gladys Bourdain in New York. He graduated from high school in 1973, attended Vassar College, and dropped out after two years. While at Vassar, he met Nancy Putkoski, who he married in 1985. Bourdain and Putkoski divorced in 2005, and in 2007, he married Ottavia Busia and together, they had a daughter, Ariane. In 2016, they divorced and Bourdain started dating Italian actress and director Asia Argento.