World famous chef and globe-trotter Anthony Bourdain, host of CNN’s “Parts Unknown”, has died from suicide, the network confirmed Friday. He was 61 years old.
Bourdain loved “great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world,” CNN said in a statement. The host was in turn loved by fans for his extraordinary abilities as a storyteller. “His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much.”
The TV host was found unresponsive in his Paris hotel room by long-time friend Eric Ripert. The two were in Paris to work on an upcoming episode of “Parts Unknown”. Check out footage of their recent trip to China below.
Bourdain is survived by his daughter Ariane Busia, his girlfriend Asia Argento and two ex-wives Ottavia Busia (m. 2007 to 2016) and Nancy Putkoski (m. 1985 to 2005).
The news of Bourdain’s passing comes on the heels of fashion designer Kate Spade’s death earlier this week, which was officially confirmed as a suicide Wednesday. In the aftermath of her death, her father Frank Brosnahan commented on the importance of open discussion around depression and suicidal thoughts: “One thing we feel is that any talk... (addressing support systems for mental health sufferers following her death) that helps somebody else, Katy would have liked that,” Brosnahan told The Kansas City Star. “She was always giving and charitable. If that helped anybody avoid anything - fine, she'd be delighted.”