The world was shocked early Friday morning by news of the apparent suicide of CNN host and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain. He was 61 years old.
Brian Stelter, a fellow CNN host, revealed that friends of Bourdain’s discovered that he had hung himself in his hotel room. As of now, no details concerning a suicide note have been divulged.
This is truly tragic.
In a statement on Friday morning, CNN confirmed that Bourdain had committed suicide.
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” the network said. “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 celebrity chef had been working on an upcoming episode for his award-winning show “Parts Unknown,” which featured Bourdain traveling to exotic locations all around the world as he indulged in local cuisine and customs.
In an email to employees, CNN president Jeff Zucker mourned Bourdain’s passing. “Tony was an exceptional talent,” said Zucker. “Tony will be greatly missed not only for his work but also for the passion with which he did it.”
Bourdain became an international star back in 1999 with an article he wrote for the New Yorker called “Don’t Eat Before Reading This,” a piece which eventually transformed into a best selling book, “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly.”
He eventually made his way to the Food Network where he hosted “A Cook’s Tour” and then “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations,” which was nominated for an Emmy.
Sadly, Bourdain leaves behind an 11-year-old daughter, Ariane.
This is truly a sad, sad end to an extraordinary life and career. Thoughts and prayers go out to the loved ones he left behind.
Source: The Daily Wire
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