Anthony Bourdain, the beloved chef, best selling author, television host and raconteur, has committed suicide. He was 61.
Bourdain was in Strasbourg, France filming a new episode of his award-winning food and travel show, Parts Unknown, when he died. Eric Ripert, his friend and collaborator, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning.
CNN, which produced the show, confirmed Bourdain’s death in a statement. “It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” it said. “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 started working as a chef when he graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1978. He rose to widespread fame with the publication of his first book, Kitchen Confidential, in 2000. Shortly thereafter, he started working on a string of Emmy-winning TV shows, including A Chef’s Tour on Food Network; No Reservations and The Layover for Travel Channel, and CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.
In 2014, Bourdain gave Men’s Journal contributor Sean Wood advice about topics ranging from how to handle your critics to how a man finds his calling. When asked for the best advice he’d ever gotten from anyone else, he referenced a mentor he wrote about in Kitchen Confidential.
“Always be on time,” he said. “It is a simple demonstration of discipline, good work habits, and most importantly respect for other people. As an employee, it was a hugely important expression of respect, and as an employer, I quickly came to understand that there are two types of people in this world: There are the type of people who are going to live up to what they said they were going to do yesterday, and then there are people who are full of shit. And that’s all you really need to know.”
If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).