Anthony Bourdain, host of CNN's food and travel show Parts Unknown, died June 8 by suicide. CNN confirmed his death Friday morning, and immediately tributes from Bourdain's colleagues at the network began flooding social media. They shared memories, quotes and entreaties to live like Bourdain, with many also encouraging anyone struggling with depression to seek help.
In a memo to staff obtained by Deadline, CNN president Jeff Zucker called Bourdain "an exceptional talent. A storyteller. A gifted writer. A world traveler. An adventurer. He brought something to CNN that no one else had ever brought before. Tony will be greatly missed, not only for his work but also for the passion with which he did it."
CNN will pay tribute to the late chef all weekend long starting with a special called Remembering Anthony Bourdain, which will air Friday, June 8 at 10/9c. The network will then host a marathon of Bourdain's favorite Parts Unknown episodes Saturday night starting at 8/7c.
A new episode of Parts Unknown, which features Bourdain traveling to Berlin, will air at its scheduled time of 9/8c on Sunday and include a special introduction by Anderson Cooper. That will be followed by a repeat of Remembering Anthony Bourdain at 10/9c.
Read and watch tributes from other CNN personalities below.
CNN statement regarding the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain: pic.twitter.com/MR1S5fP16o— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) June 8, 2018
Anthony @Bourdain inspired so many people to travel, to explore new cultures, & to connect with people around the world through good food & wide-ranging conversations. As we mourn our colleague, @CNN is welcoming any memories or inspiration "Tony" gave you https://t.co/H0xAk9Dn5r pic.twitter.com/6dYiH3jl8K— Brian Ries (@moneyries) June 8, 2018
Anthony Bourdain, the gifted chef, storyteller and writer who took TV viewers around the world to explore culture, cuisine and the human condition for nearly two decades, has died. He was 61. https://t.co/7IbsmPyjfS pic.twitter.com/rs8H1SAwVE— CNN (@CNN) June 8, 2018
WATCH: CNN's Kate Bolduan chokes up while discussing suicide of beloved chef Anthony Bourdain https://t.co/Vya9oZP04i— Raw Story (@RawStory) June 8, 2018
CNN's Alisyn Camerota holds back tears explaining her own depression in wake of Anthony Bourdain's suicide https://t.co/FWEuXcnmMs— Raw Story (@RawStory) June 8, 2018
RIP Anthony Bourdain, a man who was as honest and fearless in his words as he was in his travels. You were a real one. pic.twitter.com/uWU3k4yRkF— Tom Kludt (@TomKludt) June 8, 2018
This is so awful.— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 8, 2018
Anthony Bourdain, 61, has died. He took his own life.
He was in France working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning CNN series. His close friend Eric Ripert, the French chef, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning.
"You like food and are reasonably nice at the table? You show me hospitality when I travel? I will sit down with you and break bread." RIP, Anthony Bourdain https://t.co/mxBA8nAXvA— Jennifer Hansler (@jmhansler) June 8, 2018
The suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade this week are a reminder: No matter how successful, wealthy or seemingly happy you are, we all battle our own demons.— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) June 8, 2018
Reach out to one another. Destigmatize depression, addiction and anxiety.
We are all in this together.
Bourdain: "We ask very simple questions: What makes you happy? What do you eat? What do you like to cook? And everywhere in the world we go and ask these very simple questions. We tend to get some really astonishing answers." https://t.co/FyKwbJgGxn @CNN pic.twitter.com/D50U1B8u6g— Katia Hetter (@katiahetter) June 8, 2018
Anthony Bourdain was an incredible visionary and was never afraid to try something new. RIP.— Jasmine Lee (@JasmineLeeCNN) June 8, 2018
"Good food is very often, even most often, simple food." - Bourdain in "Kitchen Confidential" https://t.co/HZxDPWLmsH
You can be a life saver. Literally. Here is the link - if you are in HR, train your people on how to reach out to those in need. Just a few questions and decisions. We need to get closer https://t.co/EWPeKKBlNu #LetsGetAfterIt— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) June 8, 2018
I don't want to overwhelm but the tragedies of #Bourdain and #KateSpade are shining a light on #suicide - a plague that we too often ignore. Putting up a number is not enough. Watch this and you can make a difference. I have seen the results first hand. https://t.co/zSUSAnINox— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) June 8, 2018
If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for a list of additional resources.