“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” the network said in a statement on Friday, June 8. “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.”
According to the outlet, Bourdain was overseas working on his show, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, at the time. French chef Eric Ripert found him unresponsive in his hotel. No more details have been provided.
“Tony was an exceptional talent,” CNN President Jeff Zucker said in an email to employees. “Tony will be greatly missed not only for his work but also for the passion with which he did it.”
In a statement to Us Weekly, Travel Channel said: “We are stunned and deeply saddened to hear that the world is now without its global ambassador, Anthony Bourdain. He was an incredible talent who showed us beautiful, gritty, complicated and delicious places in every corner of the world. His wit and perspective will be missed. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.”
Bourdain had been dating actress Asia Argento. In October 2017, he publicly supported her amid her accusation that Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted her in the past. “.@AsiaArgento I am proud and honored to know you. You just did the hardest thing in the world,” he tweeted at the time. (Weinstein has denied any allegations of nonconsensual sex.)
Bourdain’s death comes days after designer Kate Spade was found dead at age 55 in a bedroom of her NYC apartment on Tuesday, June 5. A housekeeper found her hanging with a red scarf around her neck attached to a doorknob at approximately 10:20 a.m. ET. On Thursday, the New York City medical examiner’s office confirmed to Us Weekly her death was suicide by hanging.
Bourdain is survived by daughter Ariane, 11.
If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
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