Anthony Bourdain is dead at 61

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  • Anthony Bourdain, the celebrity chef who hosted CNN’s “Parts Unknown,” was found dead on Friday morning, CNN reports.
  • Bourdain’s body was found in France where he had been working on new episodes of the show, in which he travelled the world and reported on local cuisine and culture.
  • Throughout the late 2000s and 2010s Bourdain racked up an impressive reel of awards and nominations for his work, but he struggled with drug abuse.

Anthony Bourdain, the celebrity chef who hosted CNN’s “Parts Unknown,” was found dead Friday morning, CNN reports.

Bourdain’s body was found in his hotel room on Friday morning. The apparent cause of death was suicide. Bourdain’s body was found in France where he had been working on new episodes of “Parts Unknown,” in which he travelled the world and reported on local cuisine and culture.

“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” CNN 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 2000, Bourdain wrote “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly,” which detailed his life as a chef. The book, which became a best-seller, marked the beginning of his breakout as a crossover star, leaving behind day-to-day chef work to explore opportunities in storytelling in print and on-screen.

Throughout the late 2000s and 2010s Bourdain racked up an impressive reel of awards and nominations for his work.

In a 2017 interview with The Guardian, Bourdain reflected on his life in kitchens and said he’d been able to find peace out of a chaotic upbringing, saying he had “put aside my psychotic rage, after many years being awful to line cooks, abusive to waiters, bullying to dishwashers.”

“Nowadays I still have a rather withering ability to be sarcastic and displeased but I’m not screaming at anyone,” he told The Guardian.

Bourdain was born in New York City and grew up in New Jersey. He would have been 62 on June 25. Despite his success, Bourdain was known to struggle with drug addiction and had a history of heroin use.

“I was an unhappy soul, with a huge heroin and then crack problem,” Bourdain said in The Guardian interview. “I hurt, disappointed and offended many, many, many people and I regret a lot. It’s a shame I have to live with.”

Bourdain is survived by a daughter and by his girlfriend, the Italian actress Asia Argento. Argento had become a vocal critic of the Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein, whom she accused of sexual assault.

His suicide would be the second high-profile such death in the first week of June, after the designer Kate Spade hanged herself on Tuesday.

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