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Anthony Bourdain Dies in France at 61 Years Old

Anthony Bourdain — author, storyteller and TV personality — was found dead in a French hotel early Friday morning. CNN confirmed the news that he was found unresponsive by a friend, French chef Éric Ripert, after dying by suicide.

“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” CNN 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.”

Bourdain was in France filming a new episode for his award-winning CNN series Parts Unknown when he took his own life. Earning many nicknames throughout his career, like “the original rock star” and “the Elvis of bad boy chefs,” Bourdain leaves behind an incredible legacy, including 58 books, 11 TV shows and, most important, an 11-year-old daughter.

Bourdain’s girlfriend, Asia Argento, reacted to his death just hours after the news broke, writing “Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did. His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds. He was my love, my rock, my protector. I am beyond devastated. My thoughts are with his family. I would ask that you respect their privacy and mine.”

Friends and fans also took to Twitter to share their disbelief, memories and grief.

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In 2015, Bourdain did an interview with Wine Spectator magazine and told them how he’d like to be remembered when the day came, saying, “Maybe that I grew up a little. That I’m a dad, that I’m not a half-bad cook, that I can make a good coq au vin. That would be nice. And not such a bad bastard after all.”

Bourdain’s death comes just days after Kate Spade’s death by suicide on Tuesday. According to a survey published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier this week, suicide is a growing problem, having increased by 25 percent from 1996 to 2016.

For more information on the warning signs and prevention of suicide, click here. If you’re considering suicide or fear you may become suicidal, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). If you’re worried about someone you love, visit If you live outside the U.S., you can find a list of suicide-prevention hotlines worldwide here.

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