Anthony Bourdain, a chef, author and host of CNN’s Parts Unknown, died at 61-years-old due to an apparent suicide. On Friday, Bourdain was discovered unresponsive in his hotel room in France by his close friend and French chef Eric Ripert.

In the tweet above, CNN released a statement to laud the talents he shared on one of the network’s TV shows and to express their condolences to his family.

The United States Embassy in Paris also confirmed Bourdain’s death in a statement.

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“We can confirm the death of Anthony Bourdain in the Haute-Rhin department of France,” the Embassy said. “We extend our sincere condolences to friends and family. We stand ready to provide appropriate consular services. Out of respect for the family, we have no further comment.”

Bourdain started out as a line cook in New York and Northeast restaurants for decades before he became the executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in Lower Manhattan. Eight years in, he submitted an article titled “Don’t Eat Before Reading This” to The New Yorker, exposing the unpleasantries of the restaurant world. They accepted it and the piece inspired Bourdain’s memoir, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. After his book was published, Bourdain was boosted to celebrity chef status and became a host of food shows on TV.

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The New York City native was the host of Travel Channel’s No Reservations, which uncovered peculiar foods and restaurants. Later in 2012, Bourdain signed onto CNN’s Parts Unknown to expand “our palates and horizons in equal measure,” as said by the Peabody Award judges.

Food and entertainment celebrities took to social media to convey their shock and sorrow at Bourdain’s sudden death.

Bourdain had a girlfriend, Asia Argento, and two ex-wives, Ottavia Busia and Nancy Putkoski. He is also survived by his 11-year-old daughter, Ariane Bourdain who he had with Busia.

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