Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain found dead at age 61

Anthony Bourdain

Bourdain´s sudden death drew tributes from around the world - from current and former USA presidents to celebrated chefs to ordinary people who learned from his programs. He was reportedly found unresponsive in a hotel room in Paris, France, where he had been filming his show.

Bun Cha Huong Lien restaurant in the Vietnamese capital's leafy Old Quarter soared to fame after the 2016 sit-down between Obama and Bourdain for his CNN show. "We'll miss him", Obama wrote on Twitter, accompanying the photo, taken by his White House photographer Pete Souza. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly hard time", the network said.

"He was an exceptional human being, so inspiring and generous", Ripert said. One of the great storytellers of our time who connected with so many.

"It is the whole family of French gastronomy that joins me, to renew our deep friendship to our bereaved American brothers", he added.

Anthony leaves behind daughter, Ariane, 11, and girlfriend Asia Argento, following two past marriages. He was my love, my rock, my protector.

Meanwhile, business analyst Darren Rovell tweeted, "Devastated to learn of Anthony Bourdain, whom I admired from afar".

In light of this tragic development, a wide range of people have taken to social media to express their sadness. Sharing a photo of his rare outing with Bourdain - while enjoying Vietnamese noodles and "cold Hanoi beer", Obama reminisced how "Tony" [Bourdain] made everyone "a little less afraid of the unknown".

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"I came here to share the grief of the loss of such a talented chef. he was a such a special person because he had such a great passion for Vietnamese food", customer Nguyen Quan told AFP.

"He taught us about food - but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together". One of my idols.

One note said: "Thank you for what you gave to this world, a deeper understanding of culture and food". And always standing up for everything right. Remember that help is a phone call away United States:1-800-273-TALK UK: "116 123"; while James Martin called his death "a sad loss".

Rocquigny said there did not appear to be much planning in the television personality's suicide, saying that he used the belt of his hotel bath robe to commit suicide on Friday. "He was a gifted, smart, articulate man and even though he could be incredibly critical, especially of me, somehow that was part of his charm".

"He was quite a character", President Donald Trump said, describing his death as "very sad" and "very shocking".

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