Renowned chef and writer Anthony Bourdain dead at 61

Vastavam web: Renowned chef, food critic and writer Anthony Bourdain has died of a suspected suicide. He was 61. Bourdain, best known for his CNN series “Parts Unknown”, was in Strasbourg, France, to shoot for the new season of the show, reported the network.”It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” CNN said in a statement. The TV personality’s friend, French chef, Eric Ripert, found him unresponsive in his hotel room today morning.

“Tony was an exceptional talent. Tony will be greatly missed not only for his work but also for the passion with which he did it,” CNN President Jeff Zucker said in an email to employees. Bourdain became popular with his best-selling book “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly”, which was an expose on the world of haute cuisine.Bourdain joined CNN in 2013 with a new travel and food series “Parts Unknown”, which is currently in its 11th season. The same year, Peabody Award judges honoured Bourdain and the series for “expanding our palates and horizons in equal measure.”

“He’s irreverent, honest, curious, never condescending, never obsequious. People open up to him and, in doing so, often reveal more about their hometowns or homelands than a traditional reporter could hope to document,” the judges said.He also served as a narrator and executive producer for PBS series “The Mind of a Chef” and frequently appeared as a guest judge on “Top Chef”.Two years later he married mixed martial artiste Ottavia Busia and they had a daughter, Ariane, born in 2007. He blamed the split partly on his constant travel for work.

Last year he was romantically linked with Italian actress Asia Argento. Soon after the news of his death broke, tributes started pouring in on social media.CNN political commentator Keith Boykin, said: “So sorry to learn of Anthony Bourdain’s death. He was an inspiration to me as a broadcaster, an athlete, and a citizen of the world. Just two days ago, I was telling a friend how Bourdain’s example inspired me to return to MMA training.””Stunned and saddened by the loss of Anthony Bourdain. He brought the world into our homes and inspired so many people to explore cultures and cities through their food. Remember that help is a phone call away,” he tweeted.”This is utterly heartbreaking. Thank you for opening our eyes to parts of the world both cherished and unknown. What a legacy. Sending peace and love to his family,” singer-songwriter Mandy Moore posted.