Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain found dead aged 61
US celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has been found dead at the age of 61.
CNN reports Bourdain was found unresponsive in his hotel room in France on Friday morning by his close friend Eric Ripert.
He was in the country to work on the new series of his show Parts Unknown.
The news of his death was announced by his employer CNN, who said the chef took his own life.
"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," CNN said in a statement.
It continued: "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."
Following a long stint as executive chef at Manhattan restaurant Brasserie Les Halles, the award-winning chef rose to prominence with his 2000 book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly.
He went on to write several more best-sellers including A Cook's Tour and The Nasty Bits.
He was the host of several hugely popular TV shows including A Cook's Tour, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, The Layover and CNN's Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.
In 2014 he was a judge on The Taste with Nigella Lawson and Ludo Lefebvre.
Celebrity chefs including Lawson, Jamie Oliver, and Gordon Ramsay have paid tribute following news of Bourdain's death.
Oliver wrote on Instagram: “I have to say I’m in total shock to hear that the amazing @anthonybourdain has just died.
“He really broke the mould, pushed the culinary conversation and was the most brilliant writer … he leaves chefs and fans around the world with a massive foodie hole that simply can’t be replaced … rest in peace chef.
“Thoughts and love to all his family and close friends xxxxxxxxxxx.”
Lawson wrote on Twitter: “Heartbroken to hear about Tony Bourdain’s death. Unbearable for his family and girlfriend.
“Am going off twitter for a while.”
Meanwhile, Ramsay said: “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.
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