Anthony Bourdain, celebrity chef, restaurateur and star of CNN’s “Parts Unknown was found dead this morning (June 8) in another shocking suicide of a celebrity who seemed to have life on a string. Only a day ago, fashion icon Kate Spade committed suicide after battling depression.
CNN, which hosted his travel show “Parts Unknown,” confirmed his death this morning in a statement:
“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.”
Suicide was the cause, CNN said. According to reports from Europe, he hanged himself.
Bourdain, 61, was in Strasbourg, France working on the latest episode of his show. A friend found him unresponsive this morning. The location is about six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
Bourdain got his start in New York City. He was born in the city in 1956 and grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from the celebrated Culinary Institute of America and began working his way up in the restaurant industry.
He was best known in the industry for his eclectic French cooking as executive chef of New York’s Brasserie Les Halles. At the pinnacle of his restaurant career, Bourdain revealed that he struggled with drug and alcohol addiction.
He parlayed a New Yorker magazine article about his experiences in the food industry into a best selling 2000 book “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly.”
He segued into food and travel television and got his big break on the Food Network. He hosted “A Cook’s Tour,” beginning in 2002.
He later hosted “No Reservations” on the Travel Channel, which gave him the opportunity to tour the world with a focus on travel and cuisine.
Bourdain, left the Travel Channel in 2012 over concerns about its growing commercialism and moved to CNN a year later, where his show was entering its 11th season.
His father Pierre Bourdain was a music industry executive for Columbia Records, specializing in classical music. His mother Gladys Sacksman, worked as a staff editor for The New York Times.
His grandparents moved from France to the United States following World War I.
He developed his love of food during his youth on a trip to France, where he tasted an oyster for the first time. He dropped out of Vassar College after two years and decided to pursue a career as a chef.
He was known in kitchens across New York City in his early days. He worked at the Supper Club, One Fifth Avenue and Sullivan’s before becoming executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles,
He was married twice to Nancy Putkoski (1985-2005) and Ottavia Busia (2007-2016) and has one daughter.