Anthony Bourdain, TV chef and star of the US travel and food show Parts Unknown, has died by suicide at the age of 61.
His death was confirmed on Friday morning by CNN, the network which broadcasts Bourdain’s series. He was apparently found in a hotel room in France by chef Eric Ripert.
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” said CNN. “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.”
Following the news, various celebrities have taken to Twitter to pay tribute.
I feel this death in my bones. @Bourdain had what I’d call a generous curiosity about the world, guiding audiences through it with an awe, respect, and humor that are all too uncommon. Also rare: he knew what he didn’t know. I never knew him in person. I will miss him terribly.
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) June 8, 2018
Bourdain starred in a number of popular cooking shows over the course of his career, and was the author of several New York Times bestselling food books.
If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts you can text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Alternatively, a further list of international resources is available here.