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Anthony Bourdain, chef and ‘Parts Unknown’ host, dead of apparent suicide at 61

Anthony Bourdain, the celebrity chef, storyteller, and host of the CNN series “Parts Unknown,” is dead of an apparent suicide. He was 61.

CNN reports that fellow chef Eric Ripert found Bourdain dead in his hotel room in France. The network released a statement confirming the suicide on Friday morning.

“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 was married twice: First to Nancy Putkoski from 1985 to 2005, and then to Octavia Bussia from 2007 to 2016. At the time of his death he was dating actress Asia Argento, one of the women who has accused producer Harvey Weinstein of rape.

Bourdain leaves behind one daughter.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call theNational Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

 

[Feature image: Dennis Van Tine/STAR MAX/IPx 2018 via AP]