US celebrity chef and television host Anthony Bourdain, the host of CNN’s food-and-travel-focused “Parts Unknown” programme, has died at the age of 61, the network said on Friday.
Bourdain hanged himself, the network said in a statement. He was found dead in a hotel room in Strasbourg, France, where he had been working on an upcoming episode of his programme, CNN said.
“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.”
Bourdain’s death has left his community of fans in the entertainment world reeling. Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay tweeted that he was “stunned and saddened” by the news. “He brought the world into our homes and inspired so many people to explore cultures and cities through their food. Remember that help is a phone call away,” he tweeted.
Bourdain’s death was the second suicide this week of a high-profile American figure. Designer Kate Spade, who built a fashion empire on her signature handbags, was found dead in her New York apartment of suicide on Tuesday.
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