Anthony Bourdain, a gifted storyteller and writer who took viewers around the world, has died. He was 61.

CNN confirmed Bourdain’s death on Friday and said the cause of death was suicide.

WTF? This one is a tough one to wake up to. I loved his shows since the Travel Channel days. Bourdain was as interesting as someone could be though it felt like he had lots of issues. I’m not show what demon caused him to end his life but this is a sad and unexpected  ending.

I was excited when I heard he was coming to film part f his Brooklyn show at my deli and was a great person to meet and talk to for even the limited exposure I got. He seemed like a guy you would want to grab a beer with.

RIP Anthony Bourdain