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Several prominent members of the New York City culinary industry reacted to the sudden passing of Anthony Bourdain, who committed suicide at the age of 61.

Anthony was a beloved and popular chef, author and television personality who enjoyed major success on his show Parts Unknown as well as guest appearances on other culinary related programs including Top Chef. He was also a New York Times bestselling author for his books Kitchen Confidential, A Cook’s Tour and Nasty Bits.

Andrew Rigie, NYC Hospitality Alliance Executive Director, said “The New York City hospitality community is shaken by the news of Anthony Bourdain’s passing. He put deserving restaurants all over the world on the map through “Parts Unknown.” His loss is one that will be felt for many years to come. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones. This is a very sad day for our industry and reminds us that suicide affects people in all industries and ours is no exception.”

Tom Collicchio, head judge on Top Chef and a friend of Bourdain’s for many years, tweeted “RIP doubtful. Tony’s restless spirit will roam the earth in search of justice, truth and a great bowl of noodles.”

Staten Island chef Peter Botros wrote “What a blow to the entire restaurant world……. and all of those outside it who got to experience it through his writing and world travels. This one is very tough to swallow. RIP”.

Butter owner Alex Guarnaschelli shared someone else’s views on Anthony’s passing, which finished poignantly with “Only one thing is certain in this life, you’ll never regret being kind to others.”

Chef and television host Andrew Zimmern’s tweet was incredibly heartfelt and touching about Anthony all at once.

If you or someone you know is going through a tough time, help is out there. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is available 24/7 and more information can be found here.