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CNN confirmed the Parts Unknown host's passing on June 8, stating that his cause of death was suicide. The network also reported that French chef Eric Ripert, a close friend of Bourdain's, found him unresponsive in his hotel room that morning.
"Anthony was a dear friend. He was an exceptional human being, so inspiring and generous," Ripert said in a statement in June. "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."
Now, Ripert is opening up about their 20-year friendship in his first interview since Bourdain's death.