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Celebrity chef, TV host Bourdain dies of suicide at 61

(Reuters) – U.S. star chef Anthony Bourdain, host of CNN’s food-and-travel-focused “Parts Unknown” tv series, killed himself in a French hotel space, authorities stated on Friday, in the 2nd prominent suicide of a U.S. star today. He was 61.

Bourdain, whose career catapulted him from cleaning dishes at New York restaurants to dining in Vietnam with President Barack Obama, hanged himself in a hotel room near Strasbourg, France, where he had actually been working on an upcoming episode of his program, CNN said.

Private investigators were dealing with the death in Kaysersberg, France, as a suicide, regional prosecutor Christian de Rocquigny said in a telephone interview.

His death comes three days after American designer Kate Spade, who developed a fashion empire on her signature bags, was found dead of suicide in her New York home on Tuesday.

Suicide rates increased in nearly every U.S. state from 1999 to 2016, inning accordance with information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday. Almost 45,000 people dedicated suicide in 2016, making it one of three leading causes of death that are on the increase, together with Alzheimer’s disease and drug overdoses.

Suicide rates rose amongst individuals aged 45 to 64, inning accordance with the CDC report. The center suggested a broad approach to prevention, consisting of increasing financial support by states, supporting household and buddies after a suicide, and recognizing and supporting those at risk.


Bourdain climbed the culinary profession ladder to become executive chef at New york city’s former Brasserie Les Halles dining establishment.

His popularity began to grow significantly in 1999 when the New Yorker magazine released his article “Do not Eat Prior To Reading This,” which he turned into the 2000 book, “Cooking area Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly.”

Bold and opinionated, he also spoke honestly about his use of drugs and dependency to heroin earlier in his life.

He went on to host television programs, initially on the Food Network and the Travel Channel, prior to joining CNN in 2013.

FILE IMAGE: Chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain reaches the 65th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., September 15, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn/File Photo

“His love of fantastic adventure, new good friends, fine food and drink and the impressive stories of the world made him a special storyteller,” the network stated in a statement. “His skills continued to surprise us and we will miss him very much.”

Bourdain told the New Yorker in 2017 that his idea for “Parts Unknown,” which remained in its 11th season, was traveling, eating and doing whatever he desired. The program roamed from remote restaurants to the homes of locals, providing exactly what the magazine called “communion with a foreign culture so unmitigated that it feels almost intravenous.”

When Obama went to Hanoi, Vietnam in Might 2016, he met Bourdain at a casual dining establishment for a $6 meal of noodles and grilled pork.

President Donald Trump informed press reporters at the White Home that Bourdain’s death was “extremely shocking.”

“I enjoyed his show, he was rather a character,” Trump said.

Bourdain in 2015 canceled plans to construct a 155,000-square-foot (14,400 square meter) global food hall on a pier on the Hudson River in New York, regional media reported.

Acclaimed chef Tom Colicchio reacted to the news of Bourdain’s death on Twitter.

“Tony’s agitated spirit will wander the earth looking for justice, fact and an excellent bowl of noodles,” Colicchio composed.

Star Bryan Cranston, understood for the TELEVISION show “Breaking Bad,” stated of the deaths of Bourdain and Spade, on Twitter: “It shows that success is not immune to anxiety.”

The National Suicide Lifeline, which offers telephone services for people experiencing suicidal ideas, tweeted: “Please know you are never ever alone, no matter how dark or lonesome things might seem. If you’re having a hard time, reach out.”

Reporting by Scott Malone in Boston; Extra reporting by Gina Cherelus in New York City, Gilbert Reilhac in Strasbourg, France, and Bill Trott and James Oliphant in Washington; Modifying by Bernadette Baum