>> Anthony Bourdain, American chef and television host has died at the age of 61. CNN confirming his death Friday said he took his own life while in his hotel room in Strasbourg, France, and was discovered by his friend and fellow Chef Eric Ripert. In a statement, the network added, quote, his talents never ceased to amaze us.
The globetrotting chef was in the city filming an upcoming episode of his award winning series, Parts Unknown, where he took viewers into far corners of the world to explore the local food and culture. The next episode films in Berlin, and the latest of the 11th season is set to air Sunday.
News of his death stunned fans Friday, including President Obama, who set down to eat with Bourdain in Hanoi, Vietnam for an episode. The former US President saying, quote, he taught us about food- but more importantly, about it's ability to bring us together. While his show won five Emmy's, and even a Peabody Award, it was his best selling book, Kitchen Confidential, released 18 years ago that first made him a household name.
The memoir is a gritty and manic behind the scenes look at the restaurant world in which Bordain details his sexual escapades, as well as his struggles with cocaine and heroin addiction. But it was also in the book that he famously wrote, quote, your body is not a temple, it's an amusement park.
Enjoy the ride. Bourdain's death comes after fashion designer Kate Spade committed suicide Tuesday in her Manhattan apartment. According to the latest CDC data, the suicide rate in the US has risen 25% since 1999. And is now one of the leading causes of death in the US.