WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Anthony Bourdain, American chef and author was found dead in his hotel room on Friday.
- The celebrity chef, who was shooting for his award-winning CNN series “Parts Unknown” in Strasbourg, France, died of apparent suicide.
- Bourdain was 61.
CNN confirmed TV personality Anthony Bourdain’s cause of death was 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.”
The chef was in France for an upcoming episode of “Parts Unknown.” French chef Eric Ripert, Bourdain’s close friend, found him unresponsive in his hotel room on Friday morning.
“Tony was an exceptional talent,” CNN President Jeff Zucker said in an email to employees. “Tony will be greatly missed not only for his work but also for the passion with which he did it.”
The social media was flooded with shocked reactions from friends, fellow chefs, celebrities and fans.
Bourdain was considered a master in the kitchen and in the media. Through his TV series and books, he was able to “show the human condition and helped audiences think differently about food, travel and themselves.” He championed the marginalized populations and advocated for safer working conditions for restaurant staffs.
He was honored by the Peabody Award judges for “expanding our palates and horizons in equal measure” in his TV show “Parts Unknown.”
“He’s irreverent, honest, curious, never condescending, never obsequious. People open up to him and, in doing so, often reveal more about their hometowns or homelands than a traditional reporter could hope to document,” the judges said.
Bourdain was called the “the original rock star” of the culinary world and “the Elvis of bad boy chefs” by The Smithsonian.
His “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly” book became a best-seller in 2000. It led him to international fame.
The author became a TV personality via “A Cook’s Tour” on the Food Network. After that, he did the hit series, “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations,” on the Travel Channel. The show earned him two Emmy Awards and over a dozen nominations.
He jumped to CNN in 2013 via the popular series “Parts Unknown,” which premiered Season 11 last month.
In 2013, while accepting his Peabody award, Bourdain described how he works for the show.
“We ask very simple questions: What makes you happy? What do you eat? What do you like to cook? And everywhere in the world we go and ask these very simple questions. We tend to get some really astonishing answers,” he said.