Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room in France Friday morning from an apparent suicide. He was 61.
Bourdain#8217s death was confirmed by CNN, which noted he was filming an episode of his show Parts Unknown.
#8220His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller,#8221 the statement said. #8220His 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.#8221
Bourdain was found by his friend Eric Ripert, co-owner of the world-famous restaurant Le Bernardin and a common companion on Bourdain#8217s show, CNN said.The Brief Newsletter Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know right now. View Sample Sign Up Now
The New York City-born chef is survived by his daughter, 11-year-old Ariane. Bourdain separated from her mother, Ottavia Bourdain, in 2016 after nine years of marriage. #8220We love each other. We respect the decisions the other has made. And wersquoll always consider ourselves a family,#8221 she said in a statement.
Bourdain had been in a relationship with Italian actress and director Asia Argento, who was one of the first women to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault (Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex). He had actively been supporting Argento and the #MeToo movement. After Argento made a scathing speech about Weinstein at the Cannes Film Festival in May, Bourdain told IndieWire he was #8220so proud of her.#8221 #8220I am honored to know someone who has the strength and fearlessness to do something like that,#8221 he added.
Bourdain visited roughly 120 countries over the years, exploring various cultures and cuisines. His CNN show, Parts Unknown, received five Emmy Awards as well as a 2013 Peabody Award.
He also wrote about his travels and culinary adventures in his 2000 memoir, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, which was a New York Times bestseller.
In an interview with TIME in 2015, Bourdain revealed he had been surprised by the book#8217s success. #8220A lot of people offered me things in the wake of that, and I was careful about what I said yes to. I live by something called a no-a#8211hole rule: Whatever it is I#8217m considering, I ask myself, whoever I have to deal with in this project, if they call me at 11 o#8217clock at night, will it be O.K.? I don#8217t want to have to pick up thinking, Oh, that a#8211hole#8217s on the phone,#8221 he said.