Anthony Bourdain has died aged 61 by suicide. The celebrity chef was found unresponsive in his hotel room in France by his close friend on Eric Ripert on Friday. Bourdain was in France filming an upcoming episode of his CNN series Parts Unknown. CNN confirmed the chef’s death: ‘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 is survived by his 11-year-old daughter Ariana, who he had with his ex-wife Ottavia Busia. They divorced amicably in 2006 after nine years of marriage. Bourdain was previously married to his high school girlfriend Nancy Putkoski from 1985 until 2005. He began dating actress Asia Argento last year after meeting her while filming the Rome episode of Parts Unknown; it is believed they were still together at the time of Bourdain’s death. Bourdain was one of food’s most colourful characters, being known as a ‘culinary bad boy’.
He had huge success with his books including Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, A Cook’s Tour and The Nasty Bits; while his food articles have been featured in many places including the New York Times, The New Yorker, Esquire and Maxim. Bourdain has appeared as a guest judge on Top Chef on numerous occasions, while his own shows No Reservations and Parts Unknown where beloved by fans. Parts Unknown saw Bourdain focus on cuisines from around the world, and he visited places including Ethiopia, Jamaica, Tokyo and Rome for the CNN series.