(WSPA) — CNN reports famed chef Anthony Bourdain has died in an apparent suicide.
The chef, writer and television host was 61 years old.
CNN confirmed Bourdain’s death on Friday.
The network reports he died of an apparent suicide while working in France on an upcoming episode of his “Parts Unknown” series.
CNN shared the following statement on his death:
It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain. 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.
Reports of Bourdain’s death come just days after Kate Spade’s death.
The fashion designer was found hanged in her apartment on Tuesday.
Their tragic deaths come amid a report that suicide rates are on the rise across the United States.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nearly 45,000 Americans died by suicide in 2016.
Suicide rates increased in nearly every state between 1999 and 2016 – more than 25 percent nationwide.
The CDC reports suicide rates are also on the rise in the Carolinas and Georgia. According to data released Thursday, the rates increased 38.3 percent in S.C.; 12.7 percent in North Carolina and 16.2 percent in Georgia.
If you or someone you know needs help, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org.