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Anthony Bourdain at the 73rd Annual Peabody Awards

Celebrity Chef and host of the CNN television foodie show, Parts Unknown, Anthony Bourdain has died at age 61. He was a best-selling food, fiction and non-fiction author of the book “Kitchen Confidential.” Bourdain was found unresponsive in his Paris hotel room on Friday morning after what was said to have been a suicide.

“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” CNN said in a statement on Friday. “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the work 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.”

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Bourdain grew up in the affluent New York City suburb of Leonia, New Jersey as the son of a Jewish mother — a copy editor at The New York Times — and a Catholic father, a Yale-educated record executive. He was married and divorced twice, and had one daughter.

“We can confirm the death of Anthony Bourdain in the Haute-Rhin department of France,” said a spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in Paris. “We extend our sincere condolences to friends and family. We stand ready to provide appropriate consular services. Out of respect for the family, we have no further comment.”

Baruch Dayan HaEmet.

This report was posted in New York prior to the start of the Sabbath.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.