Anthony Bourdain, celebrated chef, author, TV personality and all-around badass, has tragically died at the age of 61.
According to a CNN report published this evening, Bourdain died by suicide while in France working on an episode of his hit television show Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, which was produced by the news network. Since debuting in April of 2013, Parts Unknown has clinched five Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award. It also received 11 other Emmy Award nominations.
The devastating news was publically announced in a statement from CNN. It reads as follows:
"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain. 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."
Over the course of his remarkable career, which saw him leave the kitchen to explore the world and introduce viewers to far-flung locales, quirky culinary characters, marginalized groups, delightful foodstuffs and everything in between, Bourdain stopped off in China on multiple occasions. The Parts Unknown crew recently wrapped up an episode from the new season that was filmed in Hong Kong.
Below we recap a number of the memorable Middle Kingdom adventures of the ‘original rock star of the culinary world,’ from the backstreets of Hong Kong to the zesty edibles of Sichuan province. Here are some clips from CNN's Parts Unknown, as well as Travel Channel's No Reservations and The Layover.
Mr. Bourdain in Sichuan (VPN off):
And in Shanghai (VPN off):
And Beijing (VPN off):
And Taiwan (VPN off):
Rest easy, Mr Bourdain, you will be dearly missed!
[Images via Anthony Bourdain/Instagram]