Anthony Bourdain, the celebrity chef who took foodies around the world as part of his travelogue programs, has died at age 61, CNN said Friday.
The cause of death was suicide, 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 program, the network said.
Bourdain’s popular show Parts Unknown airs on the network. The New York chef previously hosted shows and documentaries on The Food Network and Travel Channel.
“His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller,” CNN said in a statement on Friday. “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.”
Parts Unknown took Bourdain around the globe. At each stop, he would delve into the regional culture and sample the cuisine, typically led by local experts. Last fall, he was spotted in Newfoundland and Labrador and the nearby French island of St. Pierre.
“I have the best job in the world,” Bourdain told CBC in 2017.
He said in the interview that his job came at a personal cost to family life, as he had separated from his second wife and missed his daughter, who is 11, while on the road.
“I travel 250 days a year. How normal could I ever hope to be?”
He had recently been dating actress Asia Argento, one of the prominent accusers of film producer Harvey Weinstein.
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