US celebrity chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain has died in an apparent suicide in a French hotel room, says CNN.
The US network – which hosts Bourdain’s Parts Unknown programme – tweeted that the “chef, storyteller and Emmy-winning host” had killed himself.
Bourdain, 61, was found unresponsive in his hotel room in the French city of Strasbourg, where he was filming an episode of the show, said CNN.
His friend, the chef Eric Ripert, found him.
A CNN statement said: “It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain.
“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’s bestselling book, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, became a bestseller in 2000 and launched his TV career.
His early work on the Travel Channel won Emmy Awards and in 2013 he moved to news broadcaster CNN and began filming Parts Unknown.
The show also picked up awards and featured Bourdain travelling the world to explore food and culture.
He was in a relationship with Italian actress Asia Argento – one of the many women who say they were sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein.
One of the first to play tribute to Bourdain was British cooking show presenter Nigella Lawson.
An Evening With Nigella Lawson (and that’s me!) will take in food, what cooking has taught me, and so much more. There’ll be great interviewers, and I’m very much looking forward to questions from the audience too. Please do join me.
For tickets: https://t.co/9h5AMdDVJ1 pic.twitter.com/q7mBimEzar
— Nigella Lawson (@Nigella_Lawson) May 11, 2018
She tweeted: “Heartbroken to hear about Tony Bourdain’s death. Unbearable for his family and girlfriend. Am going off twitter for a while.”
Bordain’s death comes three days after fashion designer Katie Spade was also found dead after apparently taking her own life.
:: Anyone feeling emotionally distressed or suicidal can call Samaritans for help on 116 123 or email [email protected] in the UK. In the US, call the Samaritans branch in your area or 1 (800) 273-TALK