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Celebrity chef and host of CNN's Parts Unknown, Anthony Bourdain has died of an apparent suicide at the age of 61. 

Bourdain  was found unresponsive in a hotel room in France  on Friday morning, according to the Washington Post. 

In a statement released on Friday, CNN confirmed the award-winning chef's cause of death was suicide.

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

"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 in France filming an upcoming episode of Parts Unknown.

In the series,  Bourdain travels to different parts of the world and explores the food culture. 

In 2013 Bourdain visited South Africa for the filming of his popular travel series. 

Celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain dies at age 61. Picture: Instagram