Anthony Bourdain looking at camera, arms folded, leaning on table
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Anthony Bourdain films Parts Unknown Queens in New York, New York on November 11, 2016. (photo by David Scott Holloway / ™ & © 2016 Cable News Network. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.)

In devastating news, Anthony Bourdain has died from a reported suicide aged 61.

French chef Eric Ripert found Bourdain at the Le Chambard Hotel in Kaysersberg, France after he failed to show for dinner and breakfast. In the days prior, Ripert was filming a segment with Bourdain for Parts Unknown.

CNN confirmed the writer and TV presenter’s death in a statement.

“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” said the network.

“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 is best known for his acclaimed television series Parts Unknown and No Reservations and books Kitchen Confidential and Medium Raw.

Chefs around the globe have responded to his passing, posting tributes on social media.

“Another incredible loss to suicide. Heart broken, sad, in disbelief”, wrote Rene Redzepi on Twitter. ”

Gordon Ramsay also took to Twitter, posting: “Stunned and saddened by the loss of Anthony Bourdain. He brought the world into our homes and inspired so many people to explore cultures and cities through their food.”

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or has had thoughts of harming themselves or taking their own life, contact Lifeline 13 11 14

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