Anthony Bourdain dies at 61 from apparent suicide

News of Anthony Bourdain's passing hit Friday, and it's reported that suicide was the cause of death.

Kahron Spearman

Anthony Bourdain, writer, chef, and globe-trotting storyteller for his popular CNN show Parts Unknown, has died. He was 61.


His close friend and famous French chef Eric Ripert found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning. CNN confirmed Bourdain's death on Friday and said suicide was the cause of death.


Bourdain was in Strasbourg, France working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning CNN series. 

It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain. 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 went from chef to best-selling writer in 2000 with his best-selling book, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, a revealing look into the world of haute cuisine.


A Cook's Tour, his first show, debuted for the Food Network in 2002. In 2005, he joined the Travel Channel with Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, where he gained mainstream fame and won two Emmy Awards


In 2013 he moved to CNN to produce the travel and food show Parts Unknown, now in its eleventh season.