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Fans and friends are reacting with shock and sadness to the news of Anthony Bourdain’s apparent suicide. The 61-year-old celebrity chef, writer and Emmy Award-winning “Parts Unknown” host was found unresponsive in his hotel room in Strasbourg, France, on Friday morning.
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague Anthony Bourdain,” CNN said in a statement Friday morning. “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.”
French chef Eric Ripert discovered Bourdain’s body.
“Anthony was my best friend,” Riper tweeted. “An exceptional human being, so inspiring & generous. One of the great storytellers who connected [with] so many. I pray he is at peace from the bottom of my heart. My love & prayers are also [with] his family, friends and loved ones.”
Bourdain’s girlfriend, the actress Asia Argento, remembered him in a heartbreaking Twitter post.
“Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did,” Argento wrote. “His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds. He was my love, my rock, my protector. I am beyond devastated.”
She added: “My thoughts are with his family. I would ask that your respect their privacy and mine.”
Former President Barack Obama, who appeared in a 2016 episode of “Parts Unknown,” paid tribute to Bourdain on Twitter.
At the White House, President Trump said he was shocked to hear of Bourdain’s death.
“That was very shocking when I woke up this morning,” Trump told reporters before heading to the G7 Summit. “I enjoyed his show. He was quite a character, I will say. But, so, I just want to extend my condolences and also to the family of Kate Spade.” Spade, the 55-year-old famed handbag designer, committed suicide earlier this week.