CNN’s food anchor Anthony Bourdain reportedly committed suicide in a Paris hotel room in France on Friday.
The news of the death of the renown gifted storyteller and writer has left the world in a shock. He was 61.
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” CNN noted 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,” the network added.
Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning CNN series.
“Tony was an exceptional talent,” CNN President Jeff Zucker said in an email to employees. “Tony will be greatly missed not only for his work but also for the passion with which he did it.”
Bourdain was known not only for his culinary skills but also his bestselling books and TV travel shows.
He received numerous industry awards and was once referred to as “the original rock star” of the culinary world, “the Elvis of bad boy chefs,” by the Smithsonian.
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