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CNN confirmed the Parts Unknown host and celebrity chef's passing on Friday, stating that his cause of death was suicide. The network also reported that French chef Ripert, a close friend of Bourdain's, found him unresponsive in his hotel room on Friday morning.
"Anthony was a dear friend. He was an exceptional human being, so inspiring and generous," Ripert's statement reads. "One of the great storytellers of our time who connected with so many. I wish him peace. My love and prayers are with his family, friends and loved ones."
Ripert also tweeted a similar statement, telling his followers, "Anthony was my best friend. An exceptional human being, so inspiring & generous. One of the great storytellers who connected w so many. I pray he is at peace from the bottom of my heart. My love & prayers are also w his family, friends and loved ones."