Anthony Bourdain dead at 61

Anthony Bourdain, the popular chef and television host, has died.

CNN reports that Bourdain was found unresponsive in his hotel room in France by his friend French chef Eric Ripert on the morning of Friday, June 8, 2018. Bourdain reportedly committed suicide.

According to TMZ, Bourdain, who'd been in France filming his show Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, had hanged himself. He was 61 years old.

"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," CNN, which broadcast Parts Unknown, shared 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 first made a name for himself as a chef before eventually becoming an author with his best-selling book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (via People). In 2002, he began work on his first TV show, A Cook's Tour, on the Food Network. TV series like Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown later followed. His television work earned him a total of five Emmys during his career.

He later wrote a sequel to Kitchen Confidential called Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook.

At the time of his passing, Bourdain was dating actress Asia Argento. Our thoughts are with her and Bourdain's loved ones during this difficult time.

If you or anyone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call theĀ National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).