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Posted: June 08, 2018

Chef, author, TV star Anthony Bourdain dead at 61

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Anthony Bourdain, an American chef, author, and television personality who hosted “Parts Unknown,” was found dead in his hotel room, CNN reported Friday. He was 61. 

Bourdain was found in his hotel room in Strasbourg, France, CNN reported.

The Emmy-winning host committed suicide, CNN confirmed.

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Remembering Anthony Bourdain

"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," CNN said in a statement Friday morning. "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 France to work on an upcoming episode of “Parts Unknown,” an award-winning series on CNN. His friend, French chef Eric Ripert, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room, CNN reported.

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The eleventh season of "Parts Unknown" premiered on CNN last month.

Bourdain won a Peabody Award in 2013 for “expanding our palates and horizons in equal measure," CNN reported.

“I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to his family,” President Donald Trump said as he prepared to attend the G7 summit in Canada. “I enjoyed his show. He was a character.” 

Bourdain's death occurred three days after fashion designer Kate Spade hanged herself at her Manhattan apartment on Tuesday.

The 24-hour telephone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK).


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Anthony Bourdain

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Anthony Bourdain

FILE PHOTO: Chef Anthony Bourdain speaks onstage during the panel Anthony Bourdain talks with Patrick Radden Keefe at New York Society for Ethical Culture on October 7, 2017 in New York City. Bourdain died at the age of 61. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for The New Yorker)

Anthony Bourdain: Chef influenced food world with 'Kitchen Confidential', 'Parts Unknown'

Antony Bourdain was known as a chef and television host who didn’t pull punches. He spoke his mind, unfiltered, no matter the subject or who he would anger.

He was a best-selling author and a television personality. 

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Bourdain was found dead in a French hotel room after committing suicide, CNN reported. He was 61.

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A look back at the life of the world-renowned chef, author and TV host, according to

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Bourdain admitted a past addiction to drugs and alcohol. In his book, “Kitchen Confidential” he outlined his battles with drugs including LSD, cocaine and heroin. He said he sold his record collection to buy drugs, Fox News reported.

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Who is Anthony Bourdain’s girlfriend, Asia Argento?

Asia Argento, an Italian actress, filmmaker and activist, said she is “beyond devastated” by the news of the death of her boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain.

Bourdain, an American chef, author and television personality who hosted “Parts Unknown,” was found dead in his hotel room in France, CNN reported Friday. He was 61. 

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In a statement posted to Twitter, Argento remembered Bourdain as brilliant, fearless and generous.

“Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did,” the actress wrote. “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.”

Who is Asia Argento?

Argento is an actress, filmmaker, director, author and activist.

Argento was born Sept. 20, 1975, in Rome, Italy. Her full name is Asia Aria Maria Vittoria Rossa Argento.

Argento is the daughter of Dario Argento and Daria Nicolodi. Her father, Dario, was an actor, writer, producer and director, and her mother, Daria, was a stage actress and writer.

Argento has appeared in dozens of films, including “Land of the Dead,” “B. Monkey,” “Marie Antoinette” and “xXx.” She directed many films, including “Scarlet Diva” and “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things,” both of which she also wrote and starred in.

Argento has two children, Anna Lou and Nicola. Argento married filmmaker Michele Civetta in 2008 and have one son, Nicola Giovanni, together. The couple divorced in 2013.

Argento and Bourdain publicly announced their romantic relationship in 2017. Bourdain told PEOPLE in 2017 that Argento was “enormously helpful and inspiring.” Argento influenced Bourdain’s CNN show, “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” by appearing in one episode about Rome and directing an episode about Hong Kong

Argento is part of the #MeToo movement and  accused film producer Harvey Weinstein of rape. She spoke out last October in The New Yorker. In an op-ed published in April titled “I refuse to be silenced,” Argento wrote that “The balance of power tipped, at last, in favor of the survivors who have been given a voice and platform to speak their truths to the world.”

Anthony Bourdain purchased painting with eerie title week before death

American artist John Lurie said he loved Anthony Bourdain within “seconds” after selling him a piece of artwork just one week before Bourdain’s death.

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The artwork was titled “The sky is falling, I am learning to live with it.”

The American chef, author and host of CNN’s “Parts Unknown” was found dead in his hotel room on Friday, CNN reported.

He was 61.

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Lurie tweeted that Bourdain walked into his home “without a hint of ego.”

Bourdain’s death has been ruled a suicide.

The acclaimed chef was open about his struggle with drug addiction and history of heroin use.

He told The Guardian in January 2017 that he was an “unhappy soul.”

Reflecting on his life in kitchens, Bourdain said he “hurt” many people, saying “it’s a shame I have to live with.”

However, Bourdain said he was finally able to “put aside my psychotic rage, after many years being awful to line cooks, abusive to waiters, bullying to dishwashers.”

He told The Guardian he was recently in “much better shape than I probably ever have been,” and said he had “learnt to take food less seriously and try whenever possible to experience it emotionally rather than as a professional or critic.”

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or has had thoughts of harming themselves or taking their own life, get help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free, confidential support and resources in crisis situations.

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World reacts to death of Anthony Bourdain

When news broke that Anthony Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room in France, friends, coworkers and fans went to social media to mourn, reacting to his death.

CNN confirmed Bourdain’s cause of death as suicide. He was the host of CNN’s series “Parts Unknown.” Eric Ripert, a chef and friend of Bourdain, found him unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning, CNN reported. Bourdain was in France filming a new episode of the series.

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The reaction on social media varied from thoughts and prayers to asking why.

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The memorable first time Anthony Bourdain visited Waffle House

Famed chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain was found dead Friday morning in a hotel room in France. The cause of death was suicide, CNN reported.

The following article was written by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2015.

CNN food critic and world traveler Anthony Bourdain had never eaten at a Waffle House.

CNN’s “Parts Unknown” host made a career out of visiting some of the world’s most eccentric locales and eating whatever the local populace will put on a plate, stick or shingle.

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The worst thing he’s ever eaten? Fermented shark in Iceland, which somehow beat out maggot fried rice and raw seal eyes

The best? Could it be a pecan waffle from Waffle House?

Bourdain visited a South Carolina Waffle House back in 2015 with southern chef Sean Brock, who said he has visited the roadside eatery since he was a young because he enjoys watching food being prepared.

Brock, from Charleston, apparently has the two-sided menu implanted in his DNA and instructs the man who has tasted everything to get a pecan waffle. He then shows him how to slather a butter-like substance into every waffle grid and soak it in syrup.

Bourdain’s review? He says Waffle House is “indeed marvelous” but seems as captivated by the late-night lunacy as the food.

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In the opening of the video, the famous chef (and imbiber of adult beverages) offers up high praise, calling the familiar diner a “yellow beacon of hope” for the “seriously hammered.”

Customers of all races, creeds and “degrees of inebriation” seem welcome, he says. “It never closes” and “is always there for you.”

Waffle House not only has delicious grub, but it’s a “place of safety and nourishment” for all, says Bourdain, who may have been consuming something fermented other than Icelandic shark while putting this piece together.

“That’s good,” exclaims Bourdain as he stuffs some waffle in his face.

Brock, in referencing a famous French restaurant in California, says “You don’t come here expecting The French Laundry” … “you expect something amazing.”

“This is better than The French Laundry,” says Bourdain, who may have trouble getting a reservation the next time he is in Napa.

But, with 2,100 Waffle Houses in the U.S., he probably won’t go hungry.

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Suicide rate up across the country, CDC says

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Suicide rate up across the country, CDC says

The United States experienced a nearly 30 percent increase in suicide rates between 1999-2016, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released two days after the death of designer Kate Spade. Her death was ruled a suicide.

On Friday, chef, author and TV personality Anthony Bourdain was also reported dead. CNN confirmed the cause of death was suicide.

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According to the recently published figures, 54 percent of reported suicide deaths since 1999 could not be traced back to mental health diagnoses. Circumstances involving relationships, substance abuse, job or financial troubles, health issues and access to lethal means, such as firearms, significantly contributed to the dramatic rise, the CDC reported.

Still, experts note that previous research has shown higher rates of mental health disorders among those at high risk of suicide.

“The reason most suicide decedents don’t have a known mental disorder is that they were never diagnosed, not that they didn’t have one,” Dr. David Brent, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, told the New York Times.

If you or anyone you know is contemplating suicide, or if you are concerned for someone else, here are some helpful resources: 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24 hours)

Call 1-800-273-8255

Online chat

Suicide prevention resources for parents, guardians and families

Suicide prevention resources for teens

Suicide prevention resources for survivors of suicide loss

More resources and programs at the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.

Read the full CDC report at


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