Anthony Bourdain has died at the age of 61. The celebrity chef and television personality was found dead in his hotel room in France, where he was filming an upcoming episode of his “Parts Unknown” series. CNN reports that Bourdain died by 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, who described himself as an “enthusiast,” was a chef, CNN host, author and world traveler. He had explored numerous countries over the years, including Italy, Spain, Lebanon and Iran. The award-winning storyteller encouraged people to “eat and drink with people without fear and prejudice” and to connect with others. Bourdain also starred in various cooking shows and wrote several books, including “Kitchen Confidential,” “A Cook’s Tour,” “Medium Raw” and “No Reservations.”
An hour-long special, “Remembering Anthony Bourdain,” will air on CNN tonight at 10 p.m.
Many people paid tribute to the celebrity chef and CNN host on social media Friday. Take a look at the tweets below:
Social Media Remembers Celebrity Chef and CNN Host Anthony Bourdain
“Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer.” This is how I’ll remember Tony. He taught us about food — but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together. To make us a little less afraid of the unknown. We’ll miss him. pic.twitter.com/orEXIaEMZM
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 8, 2018
Stunned and saddened by the loss of Anthony Bourdain. He brought the world into our homes and inspired so many people to explore cultures and cities through their food. Remember that help is a phone call away US:1-800-273-TALK UK: 116 123
— Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) June 8, 2018
rip anthony bourdain thank you for always encouraging people to try new things and explore the world around them we will miss you forever
— clair-o (@clairo) June 8, 2018
“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you… You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” — Anthony Bourdain #RIP pic.twitter.com/1X5IoWzLbC
— Tribeca (@Tribeca) June 8, 2018
Bourdain's exceptional writing made this one formerly picky, fearful eater very brave and want to try everything and I'll always be grateful for him and the worlds he opened
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 8, 2018
Anthony Bourdain was an incredible broadcaster who somehow made the world feel bigger and more intimate at the same time. His work was superb, and a gift to the rest of us. We were lucky to have him.
— Adam Conover (@adamconover) June 8, 2018
Don’t be afraid to just sit and watch.
ANTHONY BOURDAIN#RIP pic.twitter.com/NvELJMuq0c
— Jon Winokur (@AdviceToWriters) June 8, 2018
Deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of my biggest inspirations, Anthony Bourdain. His insight, honesty, and especially his ability to make us care about one another will continue to inspire me and my work forever.
— Nick // Trainer Tips (@trnrtips) June 8, 2018
Rest In Peace, Anthony Bourdain. Thank you for showing us the world, and good food along with it.
— Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) June 8, 2018
It’s gonna be hard to get through today I’m not gonna lie…. RIP Anthony Bourdain. pic.twitter.com/l3uFJ3VzYC
— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) June 8, 2018
devastated by the losses of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. we must continue to destigmatize depression, anxiety & a therapist. it’s ok to seek help. In fact it’s incredibly wise.
you are not broken. the future has so much in store for you. please never take your life from us.
— Dan Reynolds (@DanReynolds) June 8, 2018
I feel we should mourn Anthony Bourdain in the way he would have wanted. Eat something cooked with love. Drink a cold beer. Book a trip somewhere you’ve never been. Try a new food. Tell your friends and loved ones that they are loved. Pour a bottle of truffle oil on the ground.
— Ian Sinclair (@iantweeting) June 8, 2018
In honor of Anthony Bourdain:
Cook more. Explore the world. Try new things. Have empathy. Write. Be vocal about what you believe in. Live life as an ally. Follow your dreams. Go all the way to the edge, but please.. don’t go over. Live life to the fullest. Live life. pic.twitter.com/xkYTkABcm6
— Katie Jayne Earl (@KatieMowgli) June 8, 2018
My heart breaks for Tony Bourdain. May he rest in peace now. He was a friend, a collaborator, and family. A huge personality, a giant talent, a unique voice, and deeply, deeply human. My heart goes out to his daughter and family, and his longtime partners and friends at ZPZ.
— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) June 8, 2018
Gutted to hear we’ve lost @Bourdain. If you are ever feeling alone, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1 (800) 273-8255.
— Buddy Valastro (@CakeBossBuddy) June 8, 2018
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