Anthony Bourdain, the beloved TV host, author, and ex-cook turned celebrity chef, has died. He was 61.
The globetrotting storyteller transported viewers around the world on CNN's Parts Unknown. He revealed the dark side of the New York City restaurant industry in his breakthrough memoir, Kitchen Confidential. He left the restaurant world and became an award-winning TV host and food personality as influential as he was beloved. And in recent months, he was an outspoken advocate in the #MeToo movement against harassment and sexual misconduct.
CNN confirmed Bourdain's death in a statement on Friday morning, saying he died of suicide.
"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," the statement read. "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 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.
Argento issued the following statement: