Anthony Bourdain, host of CNN’s Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, has died.
Bourdain, 61, was found unresponsive in his hotel room in Strasbourg, France where he was working on an upcoming episode of the 11th season of the award-winning series. CNN reports he took his own life.
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” the network said in a statement Friday morning. “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’s friend, French chef Eric Ripert found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning.
Bourdain brought his travel-food series to CNN in 2013. The 9th season of Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, which aired in the spring and summer of 2017, was its highest season performance ever among both adults 25-54 and total viewers. Season 10, which aired last fall took viewers to Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Seattle among other destinations.
Parts Unknown won a Peabody Award in 2013. Judges called Bourdain “irreverent, honest, curious, never condescending, never obsequious. People open up to him and, in doing so, often reveal more about their hometowns or homelands than a traditional reporter could hope to document.”