PARIS – American TV celebrity and food writer Anthony Bourdain, was found dead on Friday morning local time in his Strasbourg hotel by his friend Eric Ripert, the executive chef of the elite New York restaurant Le Bernardin.
Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning CNN series, “Parts Unknown.” His close friend Eric Ripert, the French chef, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning.
According to CNN that hosted Bourdain’s series, “Parts Unknown.” his death was from 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 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 joined CNN five years ago. In an email to employees, the network’s president, Jeff Zucker, remembered him as an “exceptional talent.”
“Tony will be greatly missed not only for his work but also for the passion with which he did it,” Zucker wrote.
Bourdain’s death comes days after fashion designer Kate Spade hung herself in an apparent suicide Tuesday at her Manhattan apartment.
Source: CNN, Associated Press