Anthony Bourdain, world-renowned foodie, Emmy-winning host and former chef has died at the age of 61, according to CNN.
Host of CNN's "Parts Unknown," Bourdain was found unresponsive in his hotel room in the northeastern city of Haut-Rhin, France, where he was filming his show. According to reports, the cause of death was an apparent suicide.
"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," the network 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."
Born in 1956, Anthony Bourdain attended Vassar College and graduated from the world-renowned Culinary Institute of America. He began running New York kitchens at restaurants such as Supper Club, One Fifth Avenue, and Sullivan’s.
His extensive body of work graced the pages of The Times, New York Times, Observer, the Face, and Scotland on Sunday.
The New Yorker published Tony’s work on NYC restaurants Don’t Eat Before Reading This, which then led to Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly.
In 2002, the Food Network debuted what would become a twenty-two episode series featuring Bourdain circling the globe and feeding his adventure eating habit with the most extreme cuisine the world had to offer. The inspired bestselling book, A Cook’s Tour In Search of the Perfect Meal.
In the Emmy-winning original series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Bourdain took viewers on a journey to the far corners of the world. He discovered each destination’s culture, cuisine, and politics.