Celebrity chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain committed suicide on Friday at the age of 61, in a shocking death that has stunned the food world.
Bourdain hanged himself in his hotel room, while visiting Strasbourg, France to film an upcoming episode of his CNN show Parts Unknown.
His close friend Éric Ripert, owner of New York City's famed Le Bernardin restaurant, found him dead Friday morning.
'It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,' CNN said in a statement Friday morning.
'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 President Jeff Zucker added in a company-wide email: 'Tony was an exceptional talent. Tony will be greatly missed not only for his work but also for the passion with which he did it.
Bourdain was married twice, first to high school sweetheart Nancy Putkowski, and then to MMA fighter Ottavia Busia, who he has an 11-year-old daughter with named Ariane.
A late in life father, Bourdain talked adoringly of his only child in interviews.