He was found dead in a hotel room in Strasbourg, France. CNN has confirmed that he died by suicide.
At the time of his death, Bourdain was in the midst of filming an episode of his CNN series Parts Unknown.
"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," the TV network said in a statement. "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."
Bourdain built a rebellious reputation with his unconventional style and adventurous palate, first coming to prominence after the publication of his best-selling book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly in 2000.
He went on to host shows like A Cook's Tour on Food Network, as well as No Reservations and The Layover on the Travel Chanel. The 11th season of CNN's Parts Unknown premiered just last month.
Throughout the course of his career, Bourdain teamed up with plenty of alternative artists, featuring the likes of Fucked Up and the Sword on No Reservations, and enlisting Josh Homme and Mark Lanegan to write the theme song for Parts Unknown.
Bourdain was open about his past struggles with drug addiction, detailing his use in Kitchen Confidential.
He is survived by his daughter Ariane, born in 2007 to Bourdain's ex-wife Ottavia Busia.
Since last year, he had been dating actress Asia Argento (who was one of the first women to publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of rape).
Below, see a slew of social media tributes to the rock star chef.
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, you can access support resources and information about Canadian crisis centres here.
"Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer." This is how I'll remember Tony. He taught us about food — but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together. To make us a little less afraid of the unknown. We'll miss him. pic.twitter.com/orEXIaEMZM— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 8, 2018
Stunned and saddened by the loss of Anthony Bourdain. He brought the world into our homes and inspired so many people to explore cultures and cities through their food. Remember that help is a phone call away US:1-800-273-TALK UK: 116 123— Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) June 8, 2018
I am shocked and deeply saddened. RIP to a father, partner, chef, writer, and incredibly talented man. @Bourdain ❤️ Prayers for his loved ones.— Antoni Porowski (@antoni) June 8, 2018
reposted: @questlovesfood Just saw the news this morning about Anthony Bourdain's passing. I have so many thoughts about him—memories, emotions, and unanswered questions—that right now it's sort of a jumble. I feel so thankful for him to introducing me to a world I never knew, the world of food and especially food around the world. It was through Anthony that I learned about the sushi master Jiro Ono was and that recommendation (seeing the Jiro doc & making a pilgrimage to Tokyo by any means necessary) singlehandedly changed the course of my professional and creative life. Anthony also believed, and talked often, about how all forms of creativity were connected: how chefs and drummers and comedians and actors and directors and painters all drew on the same well of thoughts and emotions. That feeling stuck with me. Watching him take trips to faraway lands to get a taste of heaven (and, just as often, to show how life on earth can be hell for people under the thumb of cruel governments or oppressive poverty) was the equivalent of my many trips to obscure record shops continents away. Lastly I'll miss our endless banter about the merits (or lack therof) of Yacht Rock. Anthony came on Fallon often, and every time he liked to warn me that his walk-on music better have "some umph to it." He wanted power and attitude. I'd agree with him, and then I'd play another Billy Joel song, which infuriated him. A few years back, to thank him for writing the foreword to my book, I started the ultimate troll project, though I never got to give it to him. We had an "argument" over Herb Alpert's "Route 101": I made the case that the song's good-feeling/good-time vibe couldn't be denied, and he made the case that he denied it, and the more heated the argument got the more we laughed. I told him imma make him the mother of smooth-pop playlists and then he would see the light. I'm finishing that playlist, and when I do, I'll name it after him, just so I can imagine that laugh of his.
bourdain's descriptions of the back of house at les halles got me to pick up my first cookbook at nineteen. rest in peace & power to the man who blew the doors off the kitchen and let the world in - food tastes different because of you.— 𝔪𝔢𝔯𝔢𝔡𝔦𝔱𝔥 𝔤𝔯𝔞𝔳𝔢𝔰 (@gravesmeredith) June 8, 2018
Another good one finds a tragic ending. Thanks for indulging the whims of humanity from every corner of this beautiful shithole planet. RIP Bourdain. Find a pal and hug em. They might need it more than you think— Dan Mangan (@danmanganmusic) June 8, 2018
Anthony. One of my idols. Unapologetic, passionate and one of the best storytellers on the planet. Thank you for making food so exciting. And always standing up for everything right. Horrible. Why why why. Be at peace now :(— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 8, 2018
Just heard. Cannot process it yet. My condolences to Asia and his family. Such sorrow- the world has lost a good man. https://t.co/rBOxTblerJ— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) June 8, 2018
This isn't about me at all, but my @Bourdain memory was doing a reading with him years ago, and him talking about how delightfully surprised he was to find himself upright and doing so well. He was grateful.— Susan Orlean (@susanorlean) June 8, 2018
Sad to hear about Anthony Bourdain's passing. I hope he is at peace.— roxane gay (@rgay) June 8, 2018
Never met Anthony Bourdain, but I felt like he was my friend. I loved his work.— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) June 8, 2018
In honor of Anthony Bourdain, go to a small restaurant this weekend in your town's Mexican or Kurdish or Laotian or El Salvadoran or Somali neighborhood. Even if that neighborhood is only visible to you via that restaurant. Have a real conversation with the cook. Tip extra.— stepped up (@annkpowers) June 8, 2018
MESSAGE FROM IGGY: "I'm in shock having just heard that Anthony Bourdain has passed away. I loved the guy, and he was a light of kindness and good vibes in my life.— Iggy Pop (@IggyPop) June 8, 2018
Dammit Tony. I'm so sorry. I'm so destroyed. I love you brother. I miss you too much already. My love & condolences to Ariane & Ottaviahttps://t.co/WcTA9wAnfF— QOTSA (@qotsa) June 8, 2018
An intellectual, raconteur, kind soul, who was as real as they come... pic.twitter.com/PgOX1ZqJRL— Third Man Records (@thirdmanrecords) June 8, 2018
😢 rest in peace Anthony Bourdain.— el-p (@therealelp) June 8, 2018
RIP Anthony Bourdain.— alex kapranos (@alkapranos) June 8, 2018
I read and loved Kitchen Confidential while I was working as a chef at Groucho St Jude in Glasgow. It was the first book since Down & Out In Paris & London that captured some of the intensity, danger and excitement of life in a kitchen.