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Chefs Are Thanking Anthony Bourdain For Inspiring Them And Changing The Food Industry

Chefs are paying tribute to the man once called the "original rock star" chef.

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Eric Ripert, who found Bourdain unresponsive in his room on Friday morning, later paid tribute to his best friend.

Anthony was my best friend. An exceptional human being, so inspiring & generous. One of the great storytellers who connected w so many. I pray he is at peace from the bottom of my heart. My love & prayers are also w his family, friends and loved ones. https://t.co/LbIeZK14ia

"He really broke the mould, pushed the culinary conversation," Jamie Oliver wrote.

I have to say I’m in total shock to hear that the amazing @Bourdain has just died 💔 he really broke the mould, pushed the culinary conversation, Rest in peace chef 👨‍🍳 🙏 thoughts and love to all his family and close friends xxxxxxxxxxx https://t.co/HB7sV7CeRH

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

Iron Chef winner Geoffrey Zakarian called him an "icon."

Anthony Bourdain was a chef contemporary, a friend and an icon for chefs as well as others around the world. He had a uniqueness that opened many worlds to many people through food and hospitality. It’s truly a sad day and my heart grieves for his family. Rest in peace Anthony. https://t.co/FI65knn53P

"A monumental loss."

Anthony Bourdain 1956-2018 #RIP ~ a monumental loss; don’t know where to start. Speechless

Nigella Lawson said she was heartbroken and thought of his family.

Heartbroken to hear about Tony Bourdain’s death. Unbearable for his family and girlfriend. Am going off twitter for a while

"A piece of my heart is truly broken this morning."

A piece of my heart is truly broken this morning. And the irony, the sad cruel irony is that the last year he’d never been happier. The rest of my heart aches for the 3 amazing women he left behind. Tony was a symphony. I wish everyone could have seen all of him. A true friend.

And Queer Eye's food and wine expert Antoni Porowski called him an "incredibly talented man."

I am shocked and deeply saddened. RIP to a father, partner, chef, writer, and incredibly talented man. @Bourdain ❤️ Prayers for his loved ones.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org.

CORRECTION

Bourdain was found in Kaysersberg, France. An earlier version of this post misidentified the town.

Rachael Krishna is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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