Anthony Bourdain Dead of Apparent Suicide; Celebrity Chef Was 61

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Stunning news out of the food world today, as beloved celebrity chef, restaurateur, and TV personality Anthony Bourdain has passed away at the age of 61.

The news was confirmed this morning by Bourdain's home network, CNN.

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The outlet has revealed that the cause of death appears to be suicide.

“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” CNN 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.”

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Sources say Bourdain was filming an episode of Parts Unknown in France, where he was found unresponsive in his hotel room by fellow chef and longtime friend Eric Ripert.

There was perhaps no greater star in the food world than Bourdain, who first rose to prominence outside the New York restaurant scene with the publication of his 2000 book, Kitchen Confidential.

He went on to author two more bestselling books and host several popular TV series, including No Reservations, The Layover, and Parts Unknown.

Bourdain's trademark wit and erudite commentary have been widely imitated but never duplicated.

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His adventurous lifestyle and observations about food, travel, and the world around him attracted a larger and more diverse audience than any previously enjoyed by a celebrity chef.

In recent months, Bourdain became an outspoken supporter of the #MeToo movement, largely as a result of his relationship with actress Asia Argento, an alleged victim of Harvey Weinstein's.

News of his passing comes just days after the death of fashion designer Kate Spade, who also took her own life.

On social media friends, fans, and fellow celebrities are paying tribute and expressing shock over the death of a man whose jet-setting, epicurean lifestyle made him the envy of millions.

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Tweeted actor Bryan Cranston:

"According to AFSP, there are nearly 45,000 suicides every year in the US. Shocking. I was saddened to hear of the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain."

"RIP. It illustrates that success is not immune to depression."

"We all need to be more aware of our friends who are suffering."

Anthony Bourdain is survived by a daughter from his second marriage.

Our thoughts are with his family during this tremendously difficult time.

We'll have further updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.

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