Chef and longtime television personality Anthony Bourdain has died at age 61

Anthony Bourdain

Bourdain's death was the second suicide this week of a high-profile American figure.

Anthony and Asia announced they were in a couple in May past year.

The famed cook, writer and host of the CNN series "Parts Unknown" killed himself Friday in a luxury hotel in the ancient village of Kaysersberg, Christian de Rocquigny, the prosecutor of Colmar in France's eastern Alsace region, told The Associated Press in a phone interview.

However, he was known to struggle with drug addiction and had a history of heroin use.

Author and humorist John Hodgman recalled eating with Bourdain some 14 years ago. I have a message for those considering suicide as a solution to a temporary problem. "It's a shame I have to live with". "I'm lean, my alcohol bloat has gone and I do Brazilian jiu-jitsu every day". "I would ask that you respect their privacy and mine", Argento tweeted Friday.

Bourdain had been in France working on new episodes "Parts Unknown", in which he travels the world and reports on local cuisine and culture, when he was found on Friday.

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Anthony Bourdain attends the 2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. "I suppose I've learnt humility".

But on Thursday night, when Mr. Bourdain didn't show up for dinner, he said: "Mr. Ripert thought it was unusual. I'm going to pretty much die in the saddle". "Your love will find you again".

Anthony Bourdain's grief-stricken girlfriend Asia Argento was spotted on June 9 for the first time since his shocking suicide.

He became an outspoken proponent of the #MeToo movement in the previous year; his girlfriend Asia Argento said she had been a victim of Harvey Weinstein.

Since news of Bourdain's death broke, a number of the chef's other famous friends have taken to social media to pay tribute to him. He was a great storyteller as he collaborated food and travel to tel stories from around the world. "We'll miss him", Obama wrote on Twitter, accompanying the photo, taken by his White House photographer Pete Souza. Nonetheless, he always tried to free up some time for his family, as he spent breaks in between episodes with his 11-year-old daughter, Ariane, who lives in Manhattan with her mother, mixed martial arts fighter Ottavia Busia.

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