French authorities said Anthony Bourdain died by hanging at a luxury hotel, the Chambard, in the village of Kaysersberg in the Haut-Rhin region of Alsace.
Anthony Bourdain, the affable American celebrity chef, and author who shared his voracious curiosity for the world’s food and cultures with millions through his popular television shows, died at the age of 61. Bourdain committed suicide while in France filming an episode of his Emmy-winning CNN food and travel program Parts Unknown, the network said Friday.
French authorities said Bourdain died by hanging at a luxury hotel, the Chambard, in the village of Kaysersberg in the Haut-Rhin region of Alsace. He had been dating Italian actor Asia Argento since 2017. Argento said she was “beyond devastated” by his death and asked for privacy both for herself and his family.
“His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds,” Argento said on Twitter. “He was my love, my rock, my protector.”
Bourdain became an outspoken advocate for the #MeToo movement after Argento revealed she had been sexually assaulted by the movie producer Harvey Weinstein.
“I came out of a brutal, oppressive business that was historically unfriendly to women,” Bourdain said in an interview in January with The Daily Show. “I knew a lot of women, it turned out, who had stories about their experience, about people I knew,” he said.
After a start washing dishes in a restaurant, the New York-born Bourdain gradually rose through the ranks to become a chef. His 2000 best-seller Kitchen Confidential introduced readers to the workers toiling anonymously behind the scenes in American restaurants, many of whom are Spanish-speaking immigrants.
Bourdain’s death comes just days after the suicide of another American celebrity, 55-year-old handbag designer Kate Spade.