Bourdain found dead in Alsace hotel, French prosecutor confirms
By Agence France-Presse
US food writer and travel show host Anthony Bourdain was found dead Friday in his room at a hotel in the Alsace region of eastern France, a local prosecutor told AFP.
“We learned of the death by hanging of the American chef this morning in the Chambard luxury hotel in Kaysersberg,” said Christian de Rocquigny du Fayel.
“At this stage, we have no reason to suspect foul play,” he added.
Police were investigating the circumstances of his death and a coroner was at the scene, said Rocquigny du Fayel, who is based in the nearby city of Colmar.
Television network CNN, which carried Bourdain’s food-and-travel show “Parts Unknown”, said the 61-year-old committed suicide.
It said he was found “unresponsive” by his friend and fellow chef Eric Ripert, co-owner of one of New York’s most acclaimed French restaurants, Le Bernardin.
Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode of “Parts Unknown”, CNN added.
Kaysersberg, a picturesque village of half-timbered houses, cobbled streets and window boxes in the Alsace winelands, was elected “France’s favourite village” in 2017.
It is situated about an hour’s drive from the city of Strasbourg. (AFP)