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Anthony Bourdain is Dead at Age 61

White House photo by Pete Souza.

Anthony Bourdain is dead.

The chef, author and superstar host of the cooking show Parts Unknown committed suicide in a Paris hotel this morning, according to a report from the show’s network, CNN:

Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning CNN series “Parts Unknown.” His close friend Eric Ripert, the French chef, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning.

Anthony Bourdain made his name with the tell-all book Kitchen Confidential, a behind-the-scenes look at elite restaurants and the wild times of the people who cook for them — most notably Bourdain himself. The book was a best-seller in 2000, and Bourdain turned that success into a new career for himself as a globe-trotting host.

Perhaps his most famous moment was his $6 dinner with President Barack Obama at a small bun cha cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam (photo above). It was a remarkable and whimsical moment that nearly anyone would be proud of.

Anthony Bourdain was twice-married and twice-divorced; his second wife was fellow chef Ottavia Busia. They divorced in 2016, and Bourdain leaves behind his 11-year-old daughter with Busia, Ariane.

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