Celebrity chef and ‘unique storyteller’ Anthony Bourdain dies at 61

US celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain found dead in apparent suicide

Asia Argento, actress and girlfriend of late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, has made a statement about his death.

Fans, friends and fellow celebrities are pouring out their respect and grief online. He advocated for marginalized populations and campaigned for safer working conditions for restaurant staffs.

Along with this he also shared a snap of Bourdain from his award-winning show Parts Unknown.

The Smithsonian once called him "the original rock star" of the culinary world, "the Elvis of bad boy chefs".

"In America, the professional kitchen is the last refuge of the misfit".

Bourdain gained notoriety for his writing in 1997, when The New Yorker published his article "Don't Eat Before Reading This", an amusing read where he talked about life as a chef.

The book set him on a path to worldwide stardom. For his television programs, Discovery's Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (2005-2012) and CNN's Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, he visited many parts of India, which included Kerala, Udaipur in Rajasthan, various dhabas across Punjab and Himachal among others. Bourdain quickly became one of the principal faces of the network and one of the linchpins of the prime time schedule.

Bourdain has famously visited Trinidad and Tobago past year for an episode of Parts Unknown, which aired that June.

"We ask very simple questions: What makes you happy?" One tweet said, "Can we use the word "rapist" now?"

His death comes three days after American designer Kate Spade, who built a fashion empire on her signature handbags, was found dead in her NY apartment of suicide on Tuesday.

Suicide is a growing problem in the United States.

Suicide rates rose in almost every U.S. state from 1999 to 2016, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday. Twenty-five states experienced a rise in suicides by more than 30%, the government report finds.

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