Anthony Bourdain, TV host, author and one of the most prominent celebrity chefs in the food world, has passed away, CNN announces.
The Parts Unknown host was in France working on a future episode, when close friend and Michelin-starred chef Eric Ripert discovered him unconscious in his hotel room. Although exact details have not been announced, CNN confirms that the cause of death was suicide.
"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," the network says 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."
RIP Tony Bourdain ...Wtf ...in complete shock ... loss for words— michael symon (@chefsymon) June 8, 2018
Oh Tony. Oh no. Sitting here weeping. There will never be another like you. Really tragic loss.— ruthreichl (@ruthreichl) June 8, 2018
According to a survey published last week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates have increased by 25 percent across the country over the past two decades. (Bourdain's death comes only days after fashion designer Kate Spade passed away from suicide.)
The food world, in particular, has long been a place rife with mental health problems, from addiction to depression—an issue that's finally been coming into focus. Organizations, such as Chefs with Issues, invite industry workers to share their stories and provide resources for dealing with working in the high-pressure industry.
If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
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