Anthony Bourdain, TV chef and travel host, found dead aged 61

US celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain found dead in apparent suicide

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He was reportedly found unresponsive in a hotel room in Paris, France, where he had been filming his show.

UPDATED with President Trump's reaction: Anthony Bourdain, celebrity chef, adventurer and CNN series host, has died at the age of 61.

"His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller", the network said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly hard time". Bourdain's tragic passing was confirmed by CNN, the home of his award-winning series Parts Unknown. He was born in NY on June 25, 1956, and raised in New Jersey.

Starting his career in various NY restaurants including the Supper Club and One Fifth Avenue, in 1998 Bourdain became executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles.

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I first met Anthony Bourdain in 2005. He also invested in digital magazine Roads & Kingdoms, which publishes long-form stories about travel, food, and culture, and started his own book line, Ecco. He was the famed writer of Kitchen Confidential, the book that blew the lid off the hidden world of chefs and restaurants; the drug taking and the violence and the casual disdain for diners. They separated in 2016.

Bourdain became an outspoken advocate of the anti-sexual harrassment #MeToo Movement after his girlfriend, Asia Argento, accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault in October.

His death comes three days after American designer Kate Spade, who built a fashion empire on her signature handbags, was found dead in her NY apartment of suicide on Tuesday. Almost 45,000 people committed suicide in 2016, making it one of three leading causes of death in the country, along with Alzheimer's disease and drug overdoses. Boys Town also provides counselors for youth-specific online chat at this link.

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