Bourdain, a best-selling food, fiction and non-fiction author as well as TV personality was in France working on a shoot for his series, Parts Unknown, on the cable network CNN.
His close friend Eric Ripert, a French chef, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room on Friday morning, according to CNN.
CNN confirmed Bourdain's death on Friday and said the cause of death was suicide.
A French prosecutor later confirmed that Bourdain had been found dead in a hotel in the picturesque town of Kaysersberg (see pics below), just south of Strasbourg, in the Haut-Rhin department of eastern France,
“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, adding: “At this stage, we have no reason to suspect foul play.”
The hotel has declined to comment.
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.
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.
(Chambard hotel in Kaysersberg. Photo: Google maps)
I've watched a lot of Parts Unknown and it's very rare to see any sort of travel show where the host consistently approaches locals on their own terms, without any sort of juvenile infantilizing or personal exceptionalism. Anthony Bourdain was very cool.
— michael lutz (@WarrenIsDead) June 8, 2018
Back in October 2017, Anthony Bourdain went on a dairy binge in the French Alps with his his close friend the French chef Eric Ripert.
Before that in October 2015, Bourdain and Ripert visited France’s city of Marseille where they discovered the local cuisine and indulged on Corsican cheeses.
without fear and prejudice.”