This morning, CNN confirmed the death of Anthony Bourdain, 61, reporting suicide as the cause of his death. His passing follows the suicide of designer, Kate Spade, who passed away earlier this week.
At the time of his death, Bourdain was in France, where he was preparing a new episode for his CNN series, “Parts Unknown.” On Friday morning, Bourdain’s friend, the French chef, Eric Ripert, discovered Bourdain in his hotel room.
In a statement from CNN, the network shared, “It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain. 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.”
Before working with CNN, Bourdain wrote his 2000 bestselling book, “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly,” that kicked him in the spotlight – a spot he’s enjoyed for almost 20 years.
From “A Cook’s Tour” to “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” to “Parts Unknown”, Bourdain brought viewers around the world with him, showing them not only different cuisines and culinary practices, but also the human condition and our beliefs about food.
The world mourns the loss of this great man, whose death is among those adding to suicide’s climbing rates.
If you or someone you know struggles with suicide ideation, remember the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7. They can be reached at 1-800-273-8255.