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Friends and Colleagues React to Death of Celebrity Chef Anthony Bourdain

 American celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has been found dead in his hotel room in France while working on his CNN series on culinary traditions around the world. He was 61. American celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has been found dead in his hotel room in France while working on his CNN series on culinary traditions around the world. He was 61. |  Photo: ABC News

Updated: June 08, 2018 11:33 AM

PARIS (AP) - American celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has been found dead in his hotel room in France while working on his CNN series on culinary traditions around the world. He was 61. CNN said it was a suicide.

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In confirming the death, CNN said in a statement that Bourdain was found unresponsive Friday morning by friend and chef Eric Ripert.

Friends and colleagues of Bourdain are saying they're shocked and heartbroken over his death.
    
Chef Gordon Ramsay tweeted he was stunned and saddened. Ramsay wrote that Bourdain "brought the world into our homes and inspired so many people to explore cultures."
     
"Bizarre Foods" host Andrew Zimmern wrote that a piece of his heart "is truly broken." Zimmern said "the sad cruel irony" is that in the last year, Bourdain had never been happier.
    
Actor and former "Man v. Food" host Adam Richman tweeted "Why?" Richman said his heart was with Bourdain.

CNN said Bourdain was in Strasbourg filming an upcoming segment in his series "Parts Unknown."

The CNN statement said: "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."

Strasbourg police and emergency services did not immediately have information about the death.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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