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Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has died of a suicide aged 61

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has committed suicide at the age of 61, CNN confirmed Friday.  

The celebrity chef was the host of the network’s travel food show, Parts Unknown, and was filming an upcoming episode France when he was found dead Friday morning. 

Bourdain’s close friend Eric Ripert, owner of New York City’s famed Le Bernardin restaurant, found him unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning.  

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has committed suicide at the age of 61, CNN confirmed Friday.

Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room Friday morning my friend Eric Ripert, right 

‘It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,’ the network said in a statement Friday morning. 

‘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 married twice, and leaves behind a daughter, 11-year-old Ariane. 

For the past two years, Bourdain has been dating actress Asia Argento, one of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers. Bourdain has been an outspoken critic of Weinstein and a supporter of the #MeToo movement. Earlier this week Argento was photographed laughing with reporter Hugo Clement in the streets of Paris. It’s unknown if she and Bourdain were still together at the time of his death. 

Happy together: Argento shared a photo of herself and Bourdain last week in Firenze (above) that showed them embracing after wrapping a new episode of Bourdain’s show

Bourdain was born in New York City in 1956, and was raised in New Jersey by Pierre Bourdain, a French music exeuctive and Gladys Bourdain, a staff editor at the New York Times.

He credited summers spent in France as a child with his obsession with food.

After dropping out of Vassar College after two years, Bourdain started working in restaurants on Cape Cod, eventually getting a degree from the Culinary Institute of America.

He went on to work in some of New York City’s most famous restaurants such as the Supper Club, One Fifth Avenue and Sullivan’s – before becoming the executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles.

Bourdain rose to fame in 2000, when he published his memoir Kitchen Confidential, which detailed his struggles with drug abuse. 

He then became a household name by hosting such shows as A Cook’s Tour and No Reservations.  

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