The cause of death was suicide, according to the broadcasting network CNN.

US celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain found dead he was 61By Peabody Awards via wiki commons
news News Friday, June 08, 2018 - 18:58

US celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain was found dead in a hotel room in Strasbourg on Friday, network CNN has announced.

Bourdain, 61, was in France working on an upcoming episode of his CNN food and travel show, Parts Unknown, which he had hosted since 2013.

"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."

According to CNN, the cause of death was suicide. French chef Eric Ripert found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room.

"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 network said. 

Bourdain was a master of his crafts -- first in the kitchen and then in the media. Through his TV shows and books, he explored the human condition and helped audiences think differently about food, travel and themselves. 

He advocated for marginalised populations and campaigned for safer working conditions for restaurant staffs.

Dinner with Obama

Parts Unknown saw Bourdain travel the world, addressing political issues and sampling local food and culture. In a 2016 episode, he visited a shopping area of Hanoi, Vietnam with former US President Barack Obama, and the two shared a meal.

Bourdain first found fame with an irreverent 2000 memoir, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, which recalled his life as a New York City cook. He went on to work as a chef at several high-profile restaurants in New York and Washington before launching a TV career.

Bourdain's death comes three days after American designer Kate Spade was found dead in her New York apartment on Tuesday from a reported suicide.

(With IANS inputs)

 

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