Cuisine Connoisseur and Creative Chef Found Unresponsive in French Hotel Room
CNN has confirmed that Parts Unknown host and world-traveling television personality Anthony Bourdain has died.
While in France filming for an upcoming project for the network, he took his life and was found by fellow chef and friend, Eric Ripert in his hotel room. Not only is this sad news a shock to his co-workers and family, but to fans from all over the world who have enjoyed Bourdain's work – his writing, filming, food, and overall flair and fascination for culture and "the human condition."
Born in New York City in 1956, Bourdain was a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, worked in many restaurants throughout his career – from line cook to executive chef, and starred in food- and travel-based television programs including Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, The Layover, and the show he was in the midst of filming, CNN's Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.
CNN released a statement regarding Bourdain's passing Friday morning, ""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."
Fans tuned in to Bourdain's program for his honesty, sense of adventure, curiosity, and intrigue. As exciting as he was to watch, so were the diverse people he met from all around the globe and the stories and food they shared. His no-nonsense style and the way he touched so many lives were impressive and always interesting to bear witness to. He will be sorely missed. Bourdain leaves behind one young daughter.
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