Food writer, television personality, and CNN host Anthony Bourdain died Friday at the age of 61. The network confirmed the death this morning:
It is with extraordinary sadness that we can confirm the death of our friend and collegue, 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.
CNN announced this afternoon that it will “be remembering our friend and colleague” with a special tribute, Remembering Anthony Bourdain, airing tonight, June 8, at 10 p.m., and again at 10 p.m. Sunday. On Saturday, a “night of Anthony’s favorite episodes of Parts Unknown” will take over the network starting at 8 p.m., and on Sunday, the previously scheduled new episode of Parts Unknown, during which Bourdain visits Berlin, will air in its normal 9 p.m. time slot.
Parts Unknown — and its predecessors, like A Cook’s Tour, The Layover, and No Reservations, changed how many approached the travelogue as a storytelling medium. From 2013 to 2016, Bourdain and Parts Unknown won four consecutive Primetime Emmy awards for Outstanding Informational Series or Special.
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