In a statement, CNN, which broadcast Parts Unknown, confirmed Bourdain's death. The cause of death is suicide, CNN said. She also committed suicide. He was reportedly there filming his hit series Parts Unknown when his friend Eric Ripert made the tragic discovery.
Bourdain, 61, was an outspoken critic of film mogul Harvey Weinstein over the past year after his girlfriend Asia Argento became one of many women to accuse Weinstein of sexual assault.
Bourdain took his own life, the network said in a statement. In a time where the very fabric of our world feels like it is fraying, we need more people like Bourdain, people who show us that we're all far more alike than we are different and that sometimes all you need to understand someone better is to sit down and share a meal.
"Thoughts and love to all his family and close friends xxxxxxxxxxx".
The host of CNN's "Parts Unknown" dished dark humor previous year when TMZ asked him: "If Trump and Kim Jong Un were going to have a bit of a summit to try and mend relations and they wanted you to cater, what would you serve?"
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Fame did not come early, easy or necessarily intentionally to the New York City-born Bourdain. I actually wrote about the experience as one of the very first posts on BrokeAssStuart.com. "I'm there talking about local cuisine, and that means I'm shoveling food into my face ... that a lot of those people can't afford", he said. Given his passion, generosity, and the increasingly rare grace to know when his perspective might not be the most illuminating, we expected him to not just tell Armenia's story, but to let Armenia tell its own story through good food and conversations broached in good faith.
For nearly two decades, Bourdain's star had been soaring to great heights, starting with a book that exposed the dark side of the restaurant industry - Kitchen Confidential, Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. He was born in NY on June 25, 1956, and raised in New Jersey. "I've been many times and it's still thrilling".
In the preface to the latest edition "Kitchen Confidential", Bourdain wrote of his shock at the success of his book, which he wrote by getting up at 5 a.m.to steal a couple of hours at the computer before appearing at the saute station for lunch. He said he liked the restaurant business the way it was.
Along with this he also shared a snap of Bourdain from his award-winning show Parts Unknown. How has Bourdain influenced and inspired you?
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).