Anthony Bourdain Dead in Apparent Suicide at 61

June 8, 2018
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CNN is reporting that beloved TV personality and chef Anthony Bourdain has died of an apparent suicide. He was 61. "It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," the network said in a statement. "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." CNN's Brian Stelter reported on air that Bourdain had hung himself while in France working on an episode of his CNN show Parts Unknown. The network also claims that Bourdain's friend, chef Eric Ripert, "found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning." Bourdain was a celebrated author beginning with his 2000 memoir Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly and hosted several beloved TV shows, including the Travel Channel's Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. He dated Italian actress and filmmaker Asia Argento--who alleges Harvey Weinstein raped her at the Cannes Film Festival--and was a vocal supporter of the #MeToo movement.