Emmy Award winning celebrity chef, TV host, and author Anthony Bourdain has died at the age of 61, according to a statement released by CNN earlier today. The network conformed that the cause of death was suicide.
“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.”
Bourdain, who was in Strasbourg, France working on an upcoming episode of his hit show Parts Unknown, was found unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning by his friend Eric Ripert, according to the network.
Through his TV shows and books, the globe-trotting chef won nearly every major award one can achieve in media, including the Emmy and Peabody awards. He was the author of bestselling book “Kitchen Confidential,” and former host of “A Cook’s Tour” on the Food Network before moving to two time Emmy Award winning hit series “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” on the Travel Channel before moving onto five time Emmy Award winning series “Parts Unknown” in 2013, whose 11th season premiered on CNN last month.
We at Nerd Nation are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic passing of Mr. Bourdain. If you or someone you know may be at risk of suicide, we urge you to please talk with someone. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at suicidepreventionlifeline.org or toll-free at 1-800-273-8255. Help is 100% free and confidential.
-Nerd Nation Staff