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.
“Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer.” This is how I'll remember Tony. He taught us about food — but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together. To make us a little less afraid of the unknown. We'll miss him. pic.twitter.com/orEXIaEMZM
Stunned and saddened by the loss of Anthony Bourdain. 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
According to AFSP, there are nearly 45,000 suicides every year in the US. Shocking. I was saddened to hear of the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. RIP. It illustrates that success is not immune to depression. We all need to be more aware of our friends who are suffering
This is utterly heartbreaking. Thank you for opening our eyes to parts of the world both cherished and unknown. What a legacy. Sending peace and love to his family. If you or someone you love needs help, please reach out or call 1-800-273-TALK. https://t.co/mkht3wTY5m
Anthony Bourdain's suicide a sobering reminder of how fragile life is and that we never know what's going on inside of another. Suicide is rarely a person acting, but rather being acted upon by the disease of clinical depression. We are all vulnerable. So very sad.
When I traveled to some exotic place I'd not been before -the last were Beirut and Amman- I'd text Bourdain & ask where I should eat. He gave the best, most fun recommendations. I'd like to think he's scouting out the best watering holes and places to eat in heaven, right now.💔
I have to say I'm in total shock to hear that the amazing @Bourdain has just died 💔 he really broke the mould, pushed the culinary conversation, Rest in peace chef 👨🍳 🙏 thoughts and love to all his family and close friends xxxxxxxxxxx pic.twitter.com/HB7sV7CeRH
A piece of my heart is truly broken this morning. And the irony, the sad cruel irony is that the last year he'd never been happier. The rest of my heart aches for the 3 amazing women he left behind. Tony was a symphony. I wish everyone could have seen all of him. A true friend.
Anthony. One of my idols. Unapologetic, passionate and one of the best storytellers on the planet. Thank you for making food so exciting. And always standing up for everything right. Horrible. Why why why. Be at peace now :(
Anthony Bourdain lived in a way that most of us should. A seeker of the unknown & a man who exposed magnificent parts of the world to us through our TVs. I don't even know what to say, this makes me so damn sad. I truly loved him & what he stood for.
Anthony was devoted not only to @AsiaArgento but to the justice she and other Weinstein survivors were denied for so long. His righteous anger and his “small, random acts of kindness and sincerity” is what I will remember most about him. https://t.co/3XrQHJGklv
Please reach out to your loved ones, friends, and even acquaintances today. Anyone who struggles. Sharing hotline numbers is helpful for big audiences like this this, but nothing beats personal connection and care and time. Make calls. Send texts. Share extra love. https://t.co/MAmfwVeXFe
So sad to hear about Anthony Bourdain's passing. I always imagined he had the best life - food, travel and adventures galore. A reminder that depression has no relation to outward success. 1-800-273-8255 for help, 24/7