Stars We Lost In 2018

CNN's Alisyn Camerota tears up breaking the news on television, while stars like Chrissy Teigen and Bryan Cranston share tributes on social media.

Celebrities, notable chefs and those in his CNN family are in shock Friday after chef/TV food expert Anthony Bourdain, 61, was found dead in a hotel room in France. The cause of death suicide.

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

CNN's Alisyn Camerota was the first on the network to share the "terribly sad news" on air, during this morning's "New Day" telecast.

"The idea that he was suffering somehow is really heartbreaking," she said, tearing up. "He and I bonded about New Jersey, our beloved home state and Provincetown, an adopted town we both loved. Anthony was interesting, because I always felt while he was a big presence on TV, he was an introvert. When I would see him on the street and bound up to him and give a big smile and chit chat, he was reserved. The idea that he was able to share some of his demons, that he fought drug addiction, that he had fought heroin, I think everybody really appreciates out there, to know somebody out there went through it and came out the other side was really helpful. Obviously, I think all of us just feel like we wish we had known whatever was happening in the past days."

President Donald Trump also expressed his condolences on Friday. "I think it's very sad," he said. "I want to extend to his family my heartfelt condolences. That was very shocking. When I woke up this morning, 'Anthony Bourdain is dead.' And I enjoyed his show, he was quite a character, I will say. I just want to extend my condolences, and also to the family of Kate Spade." Spade also took her life this week.

Bourdain's girlfriend, Asia Argento, posted a statement on Twitter calling him her "rock" and "protector."

Fellow Harvey Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan reposted one of Asia's photos of him on Instagram with the following caption: "Asia loves you. Your daughter loves you. Anna and Nicola love you. You were not just loved, you were beloved. And you chose a permanent solution to a temporary problem. She needed you. We all needed you. Please if you are at the edge, reach out to a hotline or a doctor. Do not choose a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Oh, Bourdain. Please come back. Asia. My Asia. Who has been through more than most could bear. I wrap my arms around you."

Many other stars took to Twitter to express their shock, share tributes to and memories of Bourdain on social media. We'll update this post as more reactions come in.

reposted: @questlovesfood Just saw the news this morning about Anthony Bourdain’s passing. I have so many thoughts about him—memories, emotions, and unanswered questions—that right now it’s sort of a jumble. I feel so thankful for him to introducing me to a world I never knew, the world of food and especially food around the world. It was through Anthony that I learned about the sushi master Jiro Ono was and that recommendation (seeing the Jiro doc & making a pilgrimage to Tokyo by any means necessary) singlehandedly changed the course of my professional and creative life. Anthony also believed, and talked often, about how all forms of creativity were connected: how chefs and drummers and comedians and actors and directors and painters all drew on the same well of thoughts and emotions. That feeling stuck with me. Watching him take trips to faraway lands to get a taste of heaven (and, just as often, to show how life on earth can be hell for people under the thumb of cruel governments or oppressive poverty) was the equivalent of my many trips to obscure record shops continents away. Lastly I’ll miss our endless banter about the merits (or lack therof) of Yacht Rock. Anthony came on Fallon often, and every time he liked to warn me that his walk-on music better have “some umph to it.” He wanted power and attitude. I’d agree with him, and then I’d play another Billy Joel song, which infuriated him. A few years back, to thank him for writing the foreword to my book, I started the ultimate troll project, though I never got to give it to him. We had an “argument” over Herb Alpert’s “Route 101”: I made the case that the song’s good-feeling/good-time vibe couldn’t be denied, and he made the case that he denied it, and the more heated the argument got the more we laughed. I told him imma make him the mother of smooth-pop playlists and then he would see the light. I’m finishing that playlist, and when I do, I’ll name it after him, just so I can imagine that laugh of his.

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