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Anthony Bourdain: Renowned Chef, Author & TV Personality, Dead At 61

According to CNN, celebrated chef, author and TV personality Anthony Bourdain was found dead today in Strasbourg, France, where he was filming another episode of his award-winning television show, "Parts Unknown." The cause of death was confirmed as a suicide.

AN EXTREMELY SAD DAY FOR THE FOOD WORLD...

AN EXTREMELY SAD DAY FOR THE FOOD WORLD...

One of the food industry's most talented storytellers and all-around intriguing, authentic and entertaining TV personalities has sadly left us today. Anthony Bourdain, the popular American television host, chef and author, has been found dead in a hotel in Strasbourg, France. 

As reported by CNN, which produced his award-winning food-themed travel series "Parts Unknown," Bourdain's body was found by close friend and French chef Eric Ripert, who discovered him "unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning."

The 'Badass' Chef Who Influenced Generations of Food-Lovers

The 'Badass' Chef Who Influenced Generations of Food-Lovers

Born in New York City in 1956, Bourdain first discovered his penchant for food during a family trip to France, where he tasted his first oyster on a fishermen's boat. Later in life, he went on  to graduate from the Culinary Institute of America in 1978, followed by a highly successful career as executive chef for several major NYC restaurants. 

But it wasn't until he published his book, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly in 2000 (at the age of 44), that he began to achieve international recognition and eventually went on to become one of the world's most famous TV personalities and chefs. 

Best known for his dry, sarcastic demeanor but also passionate, intelligent and philosophical approach to life, Anthony Bourdain was truly a rare and incredible character in the world of food and television, and his presence will be sorely missed.

CNN is mourning the loss and briefly paid tribute to  him, upon announcing the news:

"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."

From all of the team at Gourmandize, our deepest thoughts and sympathies go out to Anthony Bourdain's family and friends, and anyone who was inspired by his groundbreaking approach to everything the culinary world has to offer. 

Given the recent media coverage of other high-profile celebrity suicides, including Swedish DJ Avicii and American fashion designer Kate Spade, the issue of rising suicide rates in the US is being brought into the limelight. 

What to do if you need help:

  • In the U.S. - Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the National Hopeline Network at 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433).
  • In the UK and Ireland - Call the Samaritans at 116 123
  • In Australia - Call Lifeline Australia at 13 11 14
  • In other countries - Visit IASP or Suicide.org to find a helpline in your country.

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