Anthony Bourdain -- chef and author -- found dead in hotel room at 61
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Anthony Bourdain, a famous chef and author who was the host of CNN's "Parts Unknown," was found dead in a hotel room on Friday.

According to CNN, the 61-year-old Bourdain took his own life while he was in a hotel room in France, where he was filming a new episode of "Parts Unknown."

"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," CNN said in a statement about his death. "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."

Bourdain was found unresponsive in his hotel room by French chef Eric Ripert, whom CNN describes as a "close friend" of his.