American celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has been found dead in his hotel room in France after an apparent suicide. He was 61.
Bourdain was working on his CNN series on culinary traditions around the world, the network announced Friday.
CNN confirmed the death, saying in a statement he was found unresponsive Friday morning by friend and chef Eric Ripert, who regularly appears on Bourdain’s show “Parts Unknown.”
The network called it a suicide without providing any additional details. Ripert declined comment when reached by CBS News.
CNN said Bourdain was in Strasbourg filming an upcoming segment in his series.
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” the network said in a statement. “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.”