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Anthony Bourdain Dead At 61

Chef and host of CNN’s Parts Unknown Anthony Bourdain has died at the age of 61.

Per CNN, Bourdain’s cause of death was via suicide.  Bourdain was in France filming a new episode of Parts Unknown at the time of his death.  He was found unresponsive in his hotel room by French Chef Eric Ripert.

CNN released the following statement on his passing:

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

Bourdain was a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in 1978 and went on to run various kitchens in New York City.  He gained national attention with his 2000 book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, which became a New York Times best-seller.  The success of Kitchen Confidential led to his first television series, A Cook's Tour, which aired on the Food Network for 35 episodes from 2002-2003.

From 2005-2013, Bourdain's television presence grew via the Travel Channel with two series:  No Reservations (2005-2012) and The Layover (2011-2013.)  Since 2013, Bourdain has hosted CNN's Parts Unknown, which has won four Primetime Emmys for Outstanding Informational Series or Special from 2013-2016 and a Peabody Award in 2013

 

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.