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Anthony Bourdain dies in apparent suicide at 61

TV host and chef Anthony Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room Friday at the age of 61. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP) TV host and chef Anthony Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room Friday at the age of 61. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)

(RNN) - TV host and chef Anthony Bourdain gave all of himself in everything he did, his girlfriend said.

"His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds," Asia Argento said in a statement. "He was my love, my rock, my protector. I am beyond devastated."

Bourdain was found in his hotel room Friday, dead in an apparent suicide by hanging, CNN reported. He was 61 years old. His friend and fellow chef Eric Ripert found him unresponsive in his room.

He had hosted the Emmy-winning "Parts Unknown" on CNN for the last five years, and he was in Strasbourg, France, to film an upcoming episode of the series. Hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota were visibly shaken as they broke the early morning news on their friend and coworker.

"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," the network said in a statement. "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."

Former President Barack Obama, who appeared on an episode of "Parts Unknown," said on Twitter, "He taught us about food - but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together. To make us a little less afraid of the unknown. We’ll miss him."

Bourdain established himself as a premiere author and award-winning television personality, giving insights into the culinary world. He was born in New York on June 25, 1956, and raised in New Jersey.

He graduated from the renowned school Culinary Institute of America in 1978 and began running kitchens in his early adult years. He became an executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in 1998.

Bourdain gained notoriety for his writing in 1997, when The New Yorker published his article "Don’t Eat Before Reading This," an amusing read where he talked about life as a chef. He went on to host, produce and appear on several cooking and travel shows beginning in the early 2000s, including "No Reservations," "The Layover," "The Taste" and "Top Chef."

He authored several books, including "No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach," "Kitchen Confidential" and "A Cook's Tour."

Bourdain was married to Nancy Putkoski for 20 years, until 2005. He married Ottavia Busia in 2007, and the couple had a child together. They separated in 2016.

He became an outspoken proponent of the #MeToo movement in the last year; his girlfriend Asia Argento said she had been a victim of Harvey Weinstein.

Another well-known figure, Kate Spade, also was found dead in an apparent suicide by hanging Tuesday. 

Anyone ever experiencing feelings that they may want to harm themselves is encouraged to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, available 24 hours a day seven days a week: 1-800-273-8255. An online chat also is available. 

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