CONTENT WARNING: This article discusses suicide.

The culinary and wider community have come together this evening to mourn the loss of chef wizard, TV presenter, and storyteller Anthony Bourdain.

Bourdain was travelling through France, filming an episode of the 11th season of his wildly successful TV show Parts Unknown, when he passed away. He had filmed an episode in Hong Kong just last week.

Close friend, Eric Ripert, found the celebrity chef unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning. Bourdain, aged 61, is believed to have taken his own life.

CNN, who broadcast Parts Unknown, released a statement earlier today:

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.

Over the past year, Bourdain had been outspoken in his criticism of sexual harassment in restaurants and in Hollywood, vocally supporting his partner, Italian actress Asia Argento as she came forward with allegations against disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

He previously worked in top positions in some of New York City’s most celebrated restaurants, and has earned accolades for his food writing and travel journalism. He is best known as host of cultural adventure shows, Parts Unknown and No Reservations.

He is survived by his 11-year-old daughter, Ariane.

Friends, colleagues and admirers have all taken to social media to celebrate his life, express their condolences to his family, and to reflect on his profound influence, both on their own lives and on culinary and popular culture at large.

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Source: CNN
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