Some really sad news on this Friday morning. CNN's Anthony Bourdain is no longer with us. The celebrity chef, author, and television host was found dead in his hotel room in France, CNN confirmed early Friday morning.
The official cause of death was suicide. Nothing else is known of the death right now besides that.
Anthony Bourdain was one of my favorite hosts/chefs/authors. Whatever role he had taken on at the time, he excelled at it. His way of telling a story was so captivating.
Before I got into broadcasting I was on the path to becoming a chef, and reading his book "Kitchen Confidential" was so eye opening to the restaurant industry. I had to have more, and read "The Nasty Bits" which was a collection of various thoughts, essays and other stories from Bourdain's incredible life.
"No Reservations" on the Travel Channel was a go to show for me, and "Parts Unknown" on CNN, a show he was currently filming at the time of his death, was one of the best travel/food shows on television.
Bourdain was 61, and had battled many demons in his past.
If you or anyone you know is suffering from any sort of depression don't stay silent. Talk to someone, anyone. Talk to me.
The National Suicide Prevention Line is always open. Call them at 1-800-273-8255.