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Anthony Bourdain: Celebrity chef found dead at 61

Sun Online Desk     9th June, 2018 10:21:56 printer

Anthony Bourdain: Celebrity chef found dead at 61


US celebrity chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain has been found dead in his hotel room, aged 61, of an apparent suicide.


The culinary bad boy was near Strasbourg, France, working on a shoot for his series, Parts Unknown, on CNN.


"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," the cable network said in a statement on Friday.


Bourdain was a best-selling food, fiction and nonfiction author.


Authorities in France's Alsace region confirmed his death at Le Chambard luxury hotel in Kaysersberg, AFP reported, adding that no foul play was suspected.


His death comes days after the suicide of another much-loved celebrity, 55-year-old fashion designer Kate Spade, in New York.


US government health officials on Thursday said the nation's suicides had risen by 30% since 1999, and that the crisis was a growing problem. Nearly 45,000 Americans took their own lives in 2016.


Who was Anthony Bourdain?


He shot to fame in 2000 with a best-selling book called Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, a behind-the-scenes expose on the world of haute cuisine.


In the book he wrote candidly about his abuse of drugs, including cocaine, heroin and LSD.


The globe-trotting foodie travelled more than 250 days of the year to film his show.


His work brought him to far-flung and often dangerous locations such as Libya, Lebanon, and Gaza.


His first TV show was A Cook's Tour on the Food Network in 2002. Three years later he joined the Travel Channel with Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, picking up two Emmy Awards.


He moved to CNN in 2013 with a new travel and food show, Parts Unknown, which is in its 11th season.



He became so influential that even former President Obama sought his counsel as he prepared to leave the White House.


Bourdain grew up in Leonia, New Jersey, an affluent suburb of New York City.


His father was a Yale-educated record executive, and his mother worked as a copy editor at the New York Times.


Bourdain was married twice, first to his high-school sweetheart Nancy Putkoski in 1985. They divorced after 20 years.


Two years later he married mixed martial artist Ottavia Busia and they had a daughter, Ariane, born in 2007.


They divorced in 2016, a split he blamed partly on his constant travel for work.


Last year Bourdain began a relationship with Italian actress Asia Argento, who directed an episode in which he visited Hong Kong.


"Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did," Argento said in a statement.


"His brilliant spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds. He was my love, my rock, my protector. I am beyond devastated."