Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain is dead of an apparent suicide by hanging at 60 years old. He was found unresponsive in his hotel room at the Le Chambard in Kaysersberg, France, by his close friend, French chef Eric Ripert, on June 8, where he was on location while filming his television show, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. Ripert was filming an episode of the award-winning CNN show with Bourdain.
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” CNN said in a statement. “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.”
Bourdain was born in NYC and raised in Leonia, New Jersey. He got his start working in seafood restaurants in Provincetown, Massachusetts, before studying at the Culinary Institute of America. He graduated in 1978 and worked his way up the ladder in various NYC restaurants, serving as a dishwasher, prep drone, line cook, sous-chef, and executive chef. He rose to fame in 1999 after publishing an article in The New Yorker titled Don’t Eat Before Reading This. In 2000 he wrote Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. The best-selling book launched Bourdain’s television career.
Bourdain married his high school sweetheart, Nancy Putkoski, in 1985. The pair divorced in 2005. In 2007, he wed mixed martial arts fighter Ottavia Busia and the two share an 11-year-old daughter, Ariane. The couple divorced in 2016 and the famed chef was most recently linked to Italian actress Asia Argento. The pair started dating in 2017 after she appeared on an episode of his show.
Argento took to Twitter to share a message of mourning. “Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did. His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds. He was my love, my rock, my protector. I am beyond devastated. My thoughts are with his family. I would ask that you respect their privacy and mine.”