U.S. chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain dead at 61

The network released a statement confirming the suicide on Friday morning. "His talents never ceased to amaze us".

Popular chef, author and TV host Anthony Bourdain has died at the age of 61. Celebrities, fellow food industry icons like Gordon Ramsay and Michael Ruhlman, and political figures were among those reacting to the Bourdain's death and his unparalleled legacy.

Bourdain was found "unresponsive" in a hotel in Strasbourg, France, CNN announced in a statement.

Bourdain was known as a "rockstar" of the culinary scene, as much to do with his time as the executive chef of Brasserie Les Halles in Manhattan as his exploration of the underbelly of the food world.

Bourdain a year ago canceled plans to build a 155,000-square-foot (14,400 square meter) worldwide food hall on a pier on the Hudson River in NY, local media reported.

Bourdain was a celebrated chef whose food and travel books and TV shows became mega hits.

In 2014, Bourdain was recognised with an MPAC Media Award for his portrayal of the Middle East during a visit to Jerusalem and Palestine in season two of Parts Unknown.

The judges added: "He's irreverent, honest, curious, never condescending, never obsequious".

Bourdain was the host of the network's food-and-travel-focused Parts Unknown program.

"That was very shocking when I woke up this morning", Trump told reporters before heading to the G7 Summit.

Former President Barack Obama, who appeared in a 2016 episode of "Parts Unknown", paid tribute to Bourdain on Twitter.

During his acceptance speech, he said his team travels the world and asks simple questions.

"Is there anything you won't eat?"

According to CNN, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that suicide rates have increased by 25 percent over almost two decades.

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