Anthony Bourdain dead at 61

Anthony Bourdain dead at 61

He was found unresponsive in his room by his close friend and fellow celebrity chef Eric Ripert.

Bourdain's death comes three days after American designer Kate Spade, who built a fashion empire on her signature handbags, was found dead in her NY apartment of suicide on June 5.

"His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller", the network said in a statement.

Anthony Bourdain, renowned American celebrity chef and host of popular travel show, Parts Unknown, has died at age 61 of an apparent suicide. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly hard time".

In a statement, U.S. broadcaster CNN reported his death as a suicide. He went on to host, produce and appear on several cooking and travel shows beginning in the early 2000s, including "No Reservations", "The Layover", "The Taste" and "Top Chef".

Bourdain joined CNN five years ago.

"He was big even then, but he took time to sit with me in Chinatown to talk "weird" food for a magazine piece I was writing".

Along with this he also shared a snap of Bourdain from his award-winning show Parts Unknown.

He became famous for his book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, which was released in the year 2010. "We mourn the loss to his family and to the millions of people he touched, including many of us in this small province".

This news was confirmed by CNN in a statement.

Bourdain is the second high-profile figure to take his life this week, following designer Kate Spade, who was found dead at her home in NY on Tuesday.

Bourdain was in Haut-Rhin in France doing an episode of "Parts Unknown". The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a survey Thursday showing suicide rates increased by 25% across the United States over almost two decades ending in 2016.

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