June 8 (UPI & Gephardt Daily ) — Celebrity chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain has died by suicide in France at the age of 61, his employer CNN announced Friday.
He had been working abroad on an episode for Season 11 of his travel and food series “Parts Unknown” when his friend found him unresponsive in his hotel room by his close friend Eric Ripert.
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” the network said in a statement Friday 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.”
In one of his final social-media posts, Bourdain tweeted a short video June 3, showing him having a laugh with his girlfriend Asia Argento and members of the Parts Unknown crew while they were filming recently in Hong Kong.
“Television production is a tough business. Prior preparation prevents piss poor performance . On location with director @AsiaArgento and DP @dukefeng52 Chris Doyle in Hong Kong TONIGHT @PartsUnknownCNN,” Bourdain wrote.
Bourdain first gained global fame after penning the 2000 book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. His other television shows include A Cook’s Tour and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. He has an 11-year-old daughter with his ex-wife Ottavia Busia.
In the past year, Bourdain has been a vocal advocate for women involved in the Me Too and Time’s Up movements spotlighting sexual abuse and harassment.