CONTENT WARNING: This article discusses suicide.

Culinary genius, TV personality, and adventurer Anthony Bourdain has died, aged 61.

CNN, who airs Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, confirmed the news, reporting that his close friend, Eric Ripert, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room on Friday morning. CNN are reporting the death as a suicide.

In a statement the network said:

“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 had been in France filming an episode for his award-winning series, Parts Unknown – the incredible series that achieved its 11th season last month.

A true master of gastronomy, Bourdain won numerous awards for his craft both in the kitchen and on paper as an author. Bourdain also hosted multiple television shows including A Cook’s Tour and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. 

Admirers of the renowned chef have already taken to Twitter to express their grief:

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Source: CNN
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