“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain.”

By Dave Quinn and Steve Helling
Updated June 08, 2018
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This article original appeared on People.

Anthony Bourdain — the celebrated American chef, best-selling author, and television host — has died at the age of 61 of apparent suicide, CNN confirmed to PEOPLE.

The host of CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown was found unresponsive in his hotel room in France on Friday morning by close friend and French chef, Eric Ripert, according to CNN. Both were filming an upcoming episode of Bourdain’s award-winning show.

A Strasbourg police spokesperson confirmed Bourdain’s death to PEOPLE, but could not provide additional comment.

“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” the network 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.”

This is a breaking story.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

  • By Dave Quinn
  • By Steve Helling

This Story Originally Appeared On People