Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain found dead at 61

US celebrity chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain, who was in Sri Lanka last year, has been found dead in his hotel room, aged 61, of a suspected suicide, the BBC reported.

Bourdain was in Strasbourg, France, working on a shoot for his series, Parts Unknown, on CNN.

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

Bourdain was a best-selling food, fiction and nonfiction author.

CNN’s statement continued: “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.”

Last year Bourdain was in Sri Lanka and his trip included a 10-hour train from Colombo to Jaffna. (Leisure Plus)