Celebrities mourn the death of 'Parts Unknown' host Anthony Bourdain

PHOTO: Anthony Bourdain on Pier 57 in New York, Sept. 20, 2015.PlayAlex Welsh/The New York Times via Redux,FILE
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The world woke up Friday morning to the news that famed chef and longtime television personality Anthony Bourdain had died. He was 61.

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CNN confirmed his death in a statement posted to Twitter on Friday.

"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," the network said. "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."

PHOTO: Chef Anthony Bourdain from New York in Sydney in this March 17, 2005 file photo.Fairfax Media via Getty Images, FILE
Chef Anthony Bourdain from New York in Sydney in this March 17, 2005 file photo.

Fans of Bourdain's, including his longtime girlfriend Asia Argento, former President Barack Obama, CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour, Rose McGowan and Gordon Ramsay immediately took to Twitter to mourn his death.

French chef Eric Ripert, who was working on an upcoming episode with Bourdain and found his friend unresponsive in his hotel room, tweeted our his prayers.

Chefs and culinary community mourns Bourdain

Cookbook author and Cooking Channel host chef Judy Joo told ABC News that she will remember Bourdain as a pioneer.

"Anthony Bourdain was a legend in the culinary world. He inspired us all, both male and female chefs alike in this crazy industry, urging us through his brazen lens to explore and push the envelope. He stood up for the truth and told us stories from every corner of the world, unapologetically," she said. "His raw style and candor made him a true pioneer for food, travel and television… merging the three genres into an adventure that made the world a little smaller, connecting us all."

Chicago celebrity chef Stephanie Izard remembered the first time she met Bourdain on the set of "Top Chef."

"Tony was very supportive of me, since the first time we met on the set of 'Top Chef' 12 years ago. When he paid me a compliment it made a long-lasting impact because simply - he was never full of s---. More well-spoken then I could keep up with. Out living life and exploring the world as I wish I could," Izard told ABC News. "I will always admire him and be thankful I got to spend a little time with him."

Just saw the news this morning about Anthony Bourdain’s passing. I have so many thoughts about him—memories, emotions, and unanswered questions—that right now it’s sort of a jumble. I feel so thankful for him to introducing me to a world I never knew, the world of food and especially food around the world. It was through Anthony that I learned about who the sushi master Jiro Ono was and that recommendation (seeing the Jiro doc & making a pilgrimage to Tokyo by any means necessary) singlehandedly changed the course of my professional and creative life. Anthony also believed, and talked often, about how all forms of creativity were connected: how chefs and drummers and comedians and actors and directors and painters all drew on the same well of thoughts and emotions. That feeling stuck with me. Watching him take trips to faraway lands to get a taste of heaven (and, just as often, to show how life on earth can be hell for people under the thumb of cruel governments or oppressive poverty) was the equivalent of my many trips to obscure record shops continents away. Lastly I’ll miss our endless banter about the merits (or lack therof) of Yacht Rock. Anthony came on Fallon often, and every time, he liked to warn me that his walk-on music better have “some umph to it.” He wanted power and attitude. I’d agree with him, and then I’d play another Billy Joel song, which infuriated him. A few years back, to thank him for writing the foreword to my book, I started the ultimate troll project, though I never got to give it to him. We had an “argument” over Herb Alpert’s “Route 101”: I made the case that the song’s good-feeling/good-time vibe couldn’t be denied, and he made the case that he denied it, and the more heated the argument got the more we laughed. I told him imma make him the mother of smooth-pop playlists and then he would see the light. I’m finishing that playlist, and when I do, I’ll name it after him, just so I can imagine that laugh of his.

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