Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain was found dead early Friday morning. He was 61.
CNN’s Brian Stelter announced on-air Friday that Bourdain hanged himself.
“Anthony was found dead this morning in his hotel room in France. He had hung himself, in his hotel room,” Stelter said.
The outspoken chef was reportedly found unresponsive by close friend and French chef Eric Ripert. The network said he was working on an upcoming episode of his show “Anthony Bourdain: Parks Unknown.”
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” CNN 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.”
Bourdain has been an outspoken supporter of the #MeToo Movement since his girlfriend, Asia Argento, accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault in October.
“I am proud and honored to know you. You just did the hardest thing in the world,” Bourdain tweeted at Argento after Ronan Farrow’s scathing expose about Weinstein was published in the New Yorker.
In an in-depth interview with the Daily Beast in April, Bourdain admitted that he has been reluctant to speak out about the movement changing the entertainment industry, explaining that he ddidn’t want to steal the spotlight away from the women the movement is about.
“It’s something I’m very aware of when I hear myself talking about it—it makes me very uneasy,” he told the outlet. “These are not my stories, so I feel that every time I’m talking about it I’m taking up space that should be rightfully taken by a woman. It’s a fine line for me. I don’t particularly enjoy talking about it. But if you ask me, I’ll tell ya.”
This is a developing story.
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