CNN confirmed that the host was found dead in a hotel room in France from an apparent suicide. He was 61.

Bourdain quite famously had an affinity for the city and people of Detroit, once telling a reporter for the Detroit Free Press that he'd "love to be able to say I'm from Detroit." In 2013, Bourdain visited "The D" for the final episode of the second season of "Parts Unknown". It was during this episode that he tried a coney dog for the first time.

It was in that episode that he also got to enjoy something that may be unique to the Motor City - DIY BBQ - and explored the former Packard Plant.

Following that episode, Bourdain took to his blog to write a love letter to the city, saying, in part:

I love Detroit. I think it’s beautiful. I think it’s one of the most beautiful cities in America—still.

In 2017 it was announced that Bourdain would be producing a documentary series for CNN titled "Detroit 1963: Once in a Great City", which is based on a book written by David Maraniss. That project was supposed to be released later this year, and the status of the project is now unclear.

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