The gifted storyteller and writer Anthony Bourdain took his own life early Friday. The host of “Parts Unknown,” who took viewers all around the world on exciting and exotic adventures involving food and travel, was only 61.
"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," CNN 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."
His close friend Eric Ripert, the French chef, found Bourdain in his hotel room Friday morning. He was unresponsive.
CNN President Jeff Zucker wrote in an email to his employees, “Tony was an exceptional talent. Tony will be greatly missed not only for his work but also for the passion with which he did it.”
“He was big even then,” recalled author and humorists John Hodgman in a tweet about a meal they ate together 14 years ago. “But he took time to sit with me in Chinatown to talk ‘weird’ food for a magazine piece I was writing.
“He taught me that our ‘weird’ is the world’s delicious. We ate chicken feet. The afternoon vibrated with life. RIP.”
While accepting the Peabody award in 2013, Bourdain said, “We ask very simple questions: What makes you happy? What do you eat? What do you like to cook? And everywhere in the world we go and ask these very simple questions. We tend to get some really astonishing answers.”
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