Whenever you travel to a new city and are looking for the best places to eat, you most likely check out Anthony Bourdain’s recommendations first. The celebrated American chef, TV host and writer was more than just a man who knew his way around the kitchen, but, for many viewers and readers, Bourdain was our own personal culinary travel guide who. Bourdain has sadly died at age 61. CNN, the network behind Bourdain’s food travel series Parts Unknown, has confirmed the cause of death was by suicide.

The Parts Unknown host found in France, where he was filming a new episode of his SNN series. Bourdain’s close friend and fellow chef Eric Ripert found Bourdain unresponsive in his France hotel room on Friday morning. The network released the following statement:

It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” the network 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.

Bourdain was so much more than a chef; he was also an exceptionally talented writer.

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