Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has died aged 61.
CNN reported that Bourdain was found in his hotel room on Friday morning and that suicide was the cause of death.
Just last week, Bourdain purchased a piece of artwork by John Lurie entitled, "The sky is falling, I am learning to live with it."
Lurie said he was just becoming friends with Bourdain before his death.
The US artist expressed his disbelief and sadness in a string of devastated tweets on Friday morning.
fuck jesus fuck - this hurts fuck— John Lurie (@lurie_john) June 8, 2018
We were just becoming friends. One of the few people I have been remotely interested in becoming friends with in years.— John Lurie (@lurie_john) June 8, 2018
I am supposed to see him on Wednesday.
This is too fucked
what are you supposed to do? I can't even breathe.— John Lurie (@lurie_john) June 8, 2018
tweet about it?
fuck me man
please I dont want this to be true
Every single tweet is about Anthony Bourdain.— John Lurie (@lurie_john) June 8, 2018
He was loved and respected in all directions.
My heart is twisting in my chest.
Tears are coming down my face.
And I am fucking furious with him.
Lurie added that despite his fame, Bourdain was down-to-earth and instantly likeable.
Bourdain was in France working on his CNN show "Parts Unknown" when he was discovered dead by his friend, French chef Eric Ripert.
"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.
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