“American TV celebrity and food writer Anthony Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room Friday in France while working on his CNN series [‘Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown’] on culinary traditions around the world,” reports the Associated Press.
“CNN confirmed the death, saying that Bourdain, 61, was found unresponsive Friday morning by friend and chef Eric Ripert in the French city of Strasbourg. It called his death a suicide,” the AP reports.
ABC News reports that Bourdain was found at a luxury hotel in the village of Kaysersberg in the Alsace region of northeast France. “He appeared to have hung himself, according to Christian de Rocquigny du Fayel, the prosecutor of Colmar in Alsace region, southeast of Kaysersberg,” the report adds.
Bourdain’s exact cause of death is reportedly under investigation.
The AP report adds: “CNN Chief Executive Jeff Zucker sent a note to staff saying the circumstances of the death are still unclear but that ‘we do know that Tony took his own life.’”
Zucker’s note also says: “Tony was an exceptional talent. A storyteller. A gifted writer. A world traveler. An adventurer. He brought something to CNN that no one else had ever brought before. This is a very, very sad day.”
Here is Bourdain’s biography, as long posted on CNN’s website:
“Chef, author, and raconteur Anthony Bourdain is best known for traveling the globe on his stomach, on his TV show ‘Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.’ Somewhat notoriously, he has established himself as a professional gadfly, bête noir, advocate, social critic, and pork enthusiast, recognized for his caustic sense of humor worldwide. He is as unsparing of those things he hates, as he is evangelical about his passions.
“Bourdain is the author of the bestselling ‘Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly,’ a candid, hysterical, and sometimes shocking portrait of life in restaurant kitchens that has been translated into more than 28 languages — as well as the travel journal ‘A Cook’s Tour,’ the non-fiction ‘Medium Raw,’ 3 crime novels, a cookbook, a biography of Typhoid Mary, the bestselling graphic novel ‘Get JIRO!,’ and others. He is currently at work on a sequel to ‘Get JIRO!’
“His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Times of London, Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Vanity Fair, Lucky Peach and many other publications. He has shared his insights about team building and crisis management with the Harvard Business Review. He has been profiled by ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ and ‘Nightline,’ and has been a guest on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman,’ ‘Morning Joe,’ ‘Today,’ ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,’ ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live,’ ‘The Daily Show,’ ‘Charlie Rose,’ ‘The Colbert Report,’ and ‘Real Time with Bill Maher.’”
(found on YouTube)