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Posted: June 08, 2018

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Remembering Anthony Bourdain

By Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Antony Bourdain was known as a chef and television host who didn’t pull punches. He spoke his mind, unfiltered, no matter the subject or who he would anger.

He was a best-selling author and a television personality. 

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Bourdain was found dead in a French hotel room after committing suicide, CNN reported. He was 61.

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A look back at the life of the world-renowned chef, author and TV host, according to Biography.com:

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Bourdain admitted a past addiction to drugs and alcohol. In his book, “Kitchen Confidential” he outlined his battles with drugs including LSD, cocaine and heroin. He said he sold his record collection to buy drugs, Fox News reported.

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FILE PHOTO: Chef Anthony Bourdain attends The (RED) Supper hosted by Mario Batali with Anthony Bourdain on June 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Chef, author, TV star Anthony Bourdain dead at 61

Anthony Bourdain, an American chef, author, and television personality who hosted “Parts Unknown,” was found dead in his hotel room, CNN reported Friday. He was 61. 

Bourdain was found in his hotel room in Strasbourg, France, CNN reported.

The Emmy-winning host committed suicide, CNN confirmed.

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"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."

Bourdain was in France to work on an upcoming episode of “Parts Unknown,” an award-winning series on CNN. His friend, French chef Eric Ripert, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room, CNN reported.

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The eleventh season of "Parts Unknown" premiered on CNN last month.

Bourdain won a Peabody Award in 2013 for “expanding our palates and horizons in equal measure," CNN reported.

“I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to his family,” President Donald Trump said as he prepared to attend the G7 summit in Canada. “I enjoyed his show. He was a character.” 

Bourdain's death occurred three days after fashion designer Kate Spade hanged herself at her Manhattan apartment on Tuesday.

The 24-hour telephone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK).

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Anthony Bourdain Dead at 61

Anthony Bourdain Dead at 61

World reacts to death of Anthony Bourdain

When news broke that Anthony Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room in France, friends, coworkers and fans went to social media to mourn, reacting to his death.

CNN confirmed Bourdain’s cause of death as suicide. He was the host of CNN’s series “Parts Unknown.” Eric Ripert, a chef and friend of Bourdain, found him unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning, CNN reported. Bourdain was in France filming a new episode of the series.

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The reaction on social media varied from thoughts and prayers to asking why.

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