Chef and longtime television personality Anthony Bourdain has died at age 61

Brenda Watkins
June 9, 2018

And Gordon Ramsay said: "Stunned and saddened by the loss of Anthony Bourdain".

Chef-turned-TV personality Anthony Bourdain was found dead in France on the morning of Friday, June 8. The cause of death is apparent suicide. "It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain", CNN announced in an official statement. "We'll miss him." Photographed by Pete Souza, Obama's official White House photographer, the duo could be seen sitting on plastic stools and enjoying local beer. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly hard time".

On Sunday CNN plans to continue the tribute, airing an episode of Parts Unknown where Bourdain travels to Berlin. "And this was, you know, half the town, maybe, but everybody here knows each other, and there is that sense of community that I am much more familiar with in foreign countries", Bourdain said of the community in Milo.

"Anthony was a dear friend", Ripert told ABC News in a statement Friday. "I just feel they get it", my aunt said to me as we walked into the street a few paces ahead of them, her tone making me wonder if she'd ever said something similar about me, her American niece, though I feel as Indian as anyone else. "An exceptional human being, so inspiring & generous". As John Birdsall once put it, "All of us who try to write intelligently about food, even Bourdain's critics, are working in a tradition he's built".

Anthony leaves behind daughter, Ariane, 11, and girlfriend Asia Argento, following two past marriages.

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The Duchess of Cambridge and Camilla , Duchess of Cornwall, traveled together in a coach as they led the Whitehall procession. Hundreds of Royal Guardsmen in scarlet tunics and bearskins lined up on the parade ground as the event began.

"He was a great man and I cherished the opportunity meeting him", Najmi said.

The renegade chef, cookbook author, TV host, and writer rose to fame after the publication of Kitchen Confidential, a New York Times best seller, in 2000. A report by CNN said that it appeared to be a suicide, though the investigation is still ongoing.

Inside the restaurant, as hungry customers poured in for lunch on Saturday, diners gave extra attention to the glass box in which the table and chairs used by Bourdain and Obama are preserved.

Souza also honored Bourdain on Friday, remembering the "energy being in his presence."

The news anchor, whose own brother committed suicide at age 23, reminisced on his personal adventures with Bourdain and how the former chef encouraged him to venture out and try new foods, such as a heart aorta and blood sausage.

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