Anthony Bourdain Dead: Celebrity Chefs Pay Tribute

Anthony Bourdain died at the age of 61 on Friday, June 8, and his death shocked many of his colleagues and friends in the food world, as well as an array of celebrity and other admirers worldwide.

The celebrated chef and TV personality was found unresponsive in his hotel room in Strasbourg, France, where he was shooting an upcoming episode of his CNN travel and food show, Parts Unknown. According to the cable news network, which reported his death as a suicide, Bourdain was found by close friend and fellow celebrity chef Eric Ripert.

In a statement to Us Weekly, 53-year-old Ripert, who appeared with Bourdain on many of his shows, called him a “dear friend.”

Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern host Andrew Zimmern, who was a friend of Bourdain’s tells Us, “This morning, I woke to learn of the passing of my friend, Anthony Bourdain. We had much in common personally, not the least of which was the shared mission to learn about cultures around the world through food. Tony was the smartest, funniest of friends, perpetually curious and endlessly charming. There were few people with whom I shared more of myself with and I always relied on his sagacity and insight as a great barometer of whatever my next move would be. Tony’s life has been endlessly chronicled and he was recently blessed with and lightened by a new love, making it all the more difficult to reconcile this devastating loss.”

Zimmern adds that his “heart and profound condolences go out to Tony’s family” including the “three wonderful women in his life, especially his amazing daughter.”

“I only wish a different ending could have been written for one of the world’s most gifted storytellers,” the 56-year-old TV personality continued. “Out of respect for all of his friends and family I think it best to leave it there for now and let’s remember all the joy he brought us over the years. I will miss him very much.”

In yet another moving tribute, chef and author Sandra Lee tells Us she was “shocked” to learn of Bourdain’s passing and praised his fiery personality. “Anthony was a larger than life personality with so much talent. He was a gifted, smart, articulate man and even though he could be incredibly critical, especially of me, somehow that was part of his charm,” the 51-year-old shared. “The food entertainment business is a family and every member has their place with a unique personality; we all have a voice within our family and we always stick together. That does not mean we always agree or get along but we all truly love and adore one another no matter what. I am so very sad. The Food and Entertainment family has lost their bad boy and he will be greatly missed.”

Fellow celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay took to Twitter early Friday to express his shock. “Stunned and saddened by the loss of Anthony Bourdain,” the MasterChef host, 51, wrote. “He brought the world into our homes and inspired so many people to explore cultures and cities through their food. Remember that help is a phone call away US: 1-800-273-TALK UK: 116 123.”

Hours later, Ramsay shared a “vintage clip” of Bourdain visiting his Gordon Ramsay Restaurant in London.

See more chef tributes to Bourdain below.

An old pic of his first visit to Girl and the Goat in 2012. I remember feeling much cooler than I really am. Tony was very supportive of me since the first time we met on the set of Top Chef 12 years ago. When he paid me a compliment, it made such a long lasting impact on me- because he simply was not full of shit. More well spoken then I could keep up with. Out living life and exploring the world as I wish I could. I will always admire him and be thankful I got to spend a little time with him.

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… Well, I hope that someday, buddy We have peace in our lives Together or apart Alone or with our wives And we can stop our whoring And pull the smiles inside And light it up forever And never go to sleep My best unbeaten brother This isn't all I see – Will Oldham

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If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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