CNN to pay tribute to Anthony Bourdain with special tribute, favorite episodes

CNN announced Friday it will commemorate Anthony Bourdain with a special tribute and a marathon of "Parts Unknown," the travel, food and culture show he hosted on the network.

Bourdain was found dead on Friday in his hotel room in France after taking his own life, the network said earlier in the day. He was 61.

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CNN said that it will air "Remembering Anthony Bourdain" at 10 p.m. on Friday night.

On Saturday night, "a night of Anthony's favorite episodes of 'Parts Unknown' " will also air starting at 8 p.m.

On Sunday, a previously scheduled episode of "Parts Unknown" filmed in Berlin will air at 9 p.m., which will include a special introduction by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.

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

CNN president Jeff Zucker also paid his respects to Bourdain on Friday, calling him "an exceptional talent. A storyteller. A gifted writer. A world traveler. An adventurer.

"He brought something to CNN that no one else had ever brought before. Tony will be greatly missed, not only for his work but also for the passion with which he did it."

The stunning news comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released an analysis on Thursday showing suicide rates considerably increasing in recent years, with data that includes 25 states showing an increase of more than 30 percent since 1999.