Celebrity chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain has died, aged 61

US celebrity chef and television host Anthony Bourdain has been found dead in his hotel room in France.

It’s understood Bourdain’s close friend, chef Eric Ripert, found him unresponsive on Friday morning, local time.

The 61-year-old was in France working on an upcoming episode of his Emmy Award-winning CNN TV series “Parts Unknown,” the network confirmed.


“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’s girlfriend, actress Asia Argento, also released a statement saying she was “beyond devastated”.

“Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did. His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds.”

“He was my love, my rock, my protector. I am beyond devastated.

“My thoughts are with his family. I would ask that you respect their privacy and mine.”

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