Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain found dead in his hotel room

The 61-yr-old chef was a best-selling food, fiction and nonfiction author.

Popular US celebrity chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain has been found dead in his hotel room.

Bourdain was in Strasbourg, France, working on a shoot for his series, Parts Unknown, on CNN. The reason of his death is still unknown. The cable network released a statement on Friday saying,

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

The 61-yr-old chef was a best-selling food, fiction and nonfiction author.

He shot to fame in 2000 with a best-selling book called Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, a behind-the-scenes expose on the world of haute cuisine.

In the book Anthony wrote candidly about his abuse of drugs, including cocaine, heroin and LSD.

His first TV show was A Cook's Tour on the Food Network in 2002. Three years later he joined the Travel Channel with Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, picking up two Emmy Awards.

He moved to CNN in 2013 with a new travel and food show Parts Unknown, which is in its 11th season.

He was married twice, firstly to his high-school sweetheart Nancy Putkoski in 1985. They divorced after 20 years.

Two years later he married mixed martial artist Ottavia Busia and they had a daughter, Ariane, born in 2007. He blamed the split partly on his constant travel for work.

Last year he was romantically linked with Italian actress Asia Argento.

May his soul rest in peace.

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