The world has lost another luminary this week.

CNN confirmed this morning (June 8) that Anthony Bourdain had taken his own life. He was in France working on a new episode of Parts Unknown. His close friend, French chef Eric Ripert, reportedly found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room.

Bourdain had several successful food and travel TV shows and books, and will go down as one of the most influential chefs whose reach went outside of just the culinary world. In 2013, he won a Peabody Award for Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown for “expanding our palates and horizons in equal measure.”

In October of 2014, CNN aired an episode of Parts Unknown that focused on the birthplace of Hip Hop, the Bronx. In it, he interviews Afrika Bambaataa, DJ Kool Herc, Melle Mel, Futura 2000, and Desus. He also comments on the rich cultural history of the borough, especially the significance of Hip Hop today: “Hip Hop, which is now the soundtrack to every commercial, every football game, every song, everything we hear on the radio, everything.”

The outpouring of support and gratitude for Bourdain’s contributions during his career has been overwhelming from Hip Hop personalities and beyond.

RealStreetRadio sends condolences to Bourdain’s fans, friends and family.

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