File photo of Anthony Bourdain, host of CNNs Parts Unknown during the South By Southwest Interactive Festival at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, U.S. (Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

Celebrity Chef, Food Critic Anthony Bourdain Dead At 61

Celebrity chef and food critic Anthony Bourdain has committed suicide, according to television network CNN, for which he took viewers around the world for the “Parts Unknown” series. He was 61.

“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” the network said in a statement early today.

“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.”

On the network, anchors struggled to hold back tears as they recalled their late colleague in heartfelt recollections and urged people faced with despair or who know people who are struggling with depression to call a suicide hotline.

This article was first published in AFP.