Barack Obama Remembers Anthony Bourdain With Touching Vietnam Photo

Anthony Bourdain

US chef Anthony Bourdain has died, aged 61

Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room in France, where he was filming an episode of his Emmy-winning CNN food and travel program "Parts Unknown", the network said Friday. He was a great storyteller as he collaborated food and travel to tel stories from around the world.

We here at Food52 are heartbroken to have lost such a talent today, one who's taught us so much over the years. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly hard time", said the statement released by CNN.

Bourdain's shows - No Reservations, The Layover, and, finally, Parts Unknown - were not merely those of a chef demonstrating his skills.

In light of this tragic development, a wide range of people have taken to social media to express their sadness. Chef, colleague, and friend Eric Ripert found him in his hotel room, unresponsive.

His death has been reported as suicide.

"Obama - who shared a $6 meal in Hanoi, Vietnam, with Bourdain during his appearance on "Parts Unknown" - wrote on the micro-blogging website: "'Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer.' This is how I'll remember Tony. And I felt good for him and good for his daughter.

Reports of Bourdain's death come just days after Kate Spade's death.

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He admitted he had been foolish and had made exaggerated claims in order to attract what he thought was a potential client. He said: "I wasn't aware of it, I didn't know that Britanny Kaiser had been to the embassy".

At the time of his death, his girlfriend was Asia Argento, the Italian actress who has accused Harvey Weinstein of rape.

Bourdain a year ago cancelled plans to build a 14,400 square metre global food hall on a pier on the Hudson River in NY, local media reported. In an essay written after fellow chef Mario Batali was accused of sexual assault, Bourdain wrote that "one must pick a side ..."

"I'm so sad for his family".

"Like for many chefs around the globe, Bourdain was a big influence for me while I was starting out. We tend to get really astonishing answers".

CNN is now airing the 11th season of "Parts Unknown", and Bourdain was in France shooting an episode for the 12th season.

The food and travel world, and those who appreciate insightful, intelligent, searing storytelling are in mourning, following news that Anthony Bourdain has died. Bourdain also said in an interview with People Magazine last month that he'd like to continue working for the rest of his life, saying retirement was not for him.

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