Anthony Bourdain, the host of CNN's award-winning travel and food show Parts Unknown, has died at 61, according to several press reports. A bestselling author, chef and entrepreneur, Bourdain was discovered by Eric Ripert--Bourdain's friend and the chef and partner at New York's Le Bernadin--Friday morning. 

Bourdain apparently committed suicide.

"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," CNN said 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 was in Strasbourg, France at the time of his death, working on an episode of Parts Unknown.

A longtime chef, Bourdain later turned to television, winning a Primetime Emmy in 2011 for his show No Reservations. He also invested in digital magazine Roads & Kingdoms, which publishes long-form stories about travel, food, and culture, and started his own book line, Ecco.

"There is certainly more interest in food and cooking and more knowledge out there now than 20 years ago," Bourdain told Inc. in a 2016 interview at South by Southwest. "We're eating better as a nation. We know more about food."

Asked about his definition of success, Bourdain said, "Success is, do I like the people I'm dealing with."

By this measure, Bourdain, reflected, he had succeeded. "I actually like everybody I do business with."

Should you need help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, at 1-800-273-8255.

Published on: Jun 8, 2018