Popular celebrity chef and TV Host Anthony Bourdain
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On Friday morning, Anthony Bourdain, the beloved storyteller, gifted chef and iconic television host, died following an apparent suicide. He was 61 years old.

“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” CNN said in a statement Friday morning. “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.”

If you or a loved one need help call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Grieving friends, fans and followers of Bourdain quickly took to social media following the news of his passing to share their thoughts on just how deeply Bourdain has touched their lives either personally, or through their television screens.

“I am shocked and deeply saddened,” Antoni Porowski, chef and “Queer Eye” cast member, wrote on Twitter. “RIP to a father, partner, chef, writer, and incredibly talented man. ... Prayers for his loved ones.”

“Stunned and saddened by the loss of Anthony Bourdain. He brought the world into our homes and inspired so many people to explore cultures and cities through their food. Remember that help is a phone call away US:1-800-273-TALK UK: 116 123,” chef Gordon Ramsay shared.

“Anthony. One of my idols. Unapologetic, passionate and one of the best storytellers on the planet. Thank you for making food so exciting. And always standing up for everything right. Horrible. Why why why. Be at peace now,” cookbook author Chrissy Teigen wrote.

“I have to say I’m in total shock to hear that the amazing @Bourdain has just died he really broke the mould, pushed the culinary conversation, Rest in peace chef thoughts and love to all his family and close friends,” chef Jamie Oliver wrote on Twitter.

“A piece of my heart is truly broken this morning. And the irony, the sad cruel irony is that the last year he’d never been happier. The rest of my heart aches for the 3 amazing women he left behind. Tony was a symphony. I wish everyone could have seen all of him. A true friend,” chef and host Andrew Zimmern tweeted.

Samantha Brown, fellow travel host, expressed her shock and dismay.

Several of Bourdain’s CNN coworkers also shared their words about having the honor and privilege of working beside him.

“When I traveled to some exotic place I’d not been before -the last were Beirut and Amman- I’d text Bourdain and ask where I should eat. He gave the best, most fun recommendations. I’d like to think he’s scouting out the best watering holes and places to eat in heaven, right now,” correspondent Ana Navarro said.

“Gutted. Bourdain traveled the world and told stories in a way that was uniquely his own. From Iran and Cuba to Japan and recently Hong Kong — he had such a gift for capturing the heart and soul of wherever he traveled. I’d always hoped to meet him someday. Only 61. Heartbreaking,” international correspondent Will Ripley wrote.

If you or a loved one need help call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.