Anthony Bourdain, celebrated American chef, has died from apparent suicide

Cheryl Kahla
Jun 08, 2018
02:08 P.M.
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Renowned celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain, was found unresponsive in his hotel room in Paris. He was 61 years old. 


Bourdain had been a CNN employee since 2013 and was in Paris filming upcoming episodes of his show Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. 

The network released a statement earlier today in which they express their extreme sadness in confirming "the death of our friend and colleague." 

"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."

CNN Statement, June 8, 2018. 


They also extended their thoughts and prayers to Bourdain's family and added that he'd be remembered for his exceptional talent and passion. 

According to People, the death was classified as a suicide, but the cause of death has not yet been made known to the public. 

Throughout the years, Bourdain amassed a legion of fans who followed his adventures as he traveled around the world. They took to Twitter to express their grief. 


Christiane Amanpour said Bourdain had 'a huge personality, a giant talent, a unique voice' and was deeply human. 'My heart goes out to his daughter and family,' she added.

Author John Hodgman said his friendship with Bourdain began fourteen years ago when they ate together in Chinatown and talked about food for an article Hodgman was writing. 

They had chicken feet for supper, and Bourdain taught him that 'weird food' is delicious too. 'The afternoon vibrated with life,' he said. 

Bourdain started his career in 1973 when he graduated from the Dwight-Englewood School. He also attended the Vassar College and the Culinary Institue of America in the late seventies. 

He was a best-selling author as well, having penned Kitchen Confidential and Medium Raw. For more details about Bourdain's extraordinary career, follow our Twitter account, AmoMama USA