He was filming Parts Unknown in France and was found in his hotel room by Eric Ripert. He hung himself.
“As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life — and travel — leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks — on your body or on your heart — are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt.” ~Anthony Bourdain
I’m devastated by this news.
This photo was published yesterday from Colmar, Alsace where Bourdain was filming an episode with Eric Ripert. Also the TMZ story about the girlfriend and Hong Kong is completely wrong. The photos they are referring to were posted on Sunday because the Hong Kong episode was airing that night. They were not in Hong Kong together at that time. He was in France she was, I believe in Italy if I recall.