Anthony Bourdain‘s closest friends and fellow chefs are turning to social media to mourn his shocking death on Friday.
The 61-year-old chef, TV host and author died of apparent suicide while in France Friday morning, a Strasbourg police spokesperson confirmed to PEOPLE.
Chef José Andrés mourned the loss of his friend on Twitter, writing: “I know you are on a Ferry going to somewhere amazing…” he wrote. “You still had so many places to show us, whispering to our souls the great possibilities beyond what we could see with our own eyes. You only saw beauty in all people. You will always travel with me.”
Andrés followed his tweet with a photo Bourdain posted on his own Twitter on May 30 of himself on a ferry in Hong Kong while filming a recent episode of CNN’s Parts Unknown.
Andrew Zimmern, Padma Lakshmi, Emeril Lagasse and Marcus Samuelsson also paid tribute to the late chef on social media after learning of his passing.
“Tony was a symphony,” Zimmern wrote. “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.”
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Chef Ludo Lefebvre shared a photo of a tattoo on his hand, which matches the ink that Bourdain had on his bicep.
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“Looking at the spoon tattoo we share fills my heart with so much sadness today, but forever will be a reminder that you believed in me, where I came from, and you wanted the world to know me,” Lefebvre wrote on Instagram. “Truly heartbroken today. The world is a better place for you being in it.”
On Sunday, Lefevre shared another heartfelt tribute to his friend, which featured a series of photos of the two of them together and the search to find his best memory with Tony. “There were so many moments, over the years. Never really thought about it before, but I was lucky enough to spend more than 100 days with Tony.” The chef detailed his experiences with Bourdain through work, including work on the shows The Taste and No Reservations. But ultimately, he said the best memories came from their “long talks,” learning drinking songs, meals, ping pong matches, getting matching tattoos, and chats about everything from politics to whiskey. “A minute has not gone by in the past two days when there hasn’t been a great memory rushing through my head. Tony, I want to personally thank you for all you did for so many people. Your spirit, drive and passion were infectious. You were such a brilliant mind. You changed the culinary world. I am honored to have been blessed to have you in my life. I am just sorry you could never say you won The Taste!”
Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman shared his feelings on Twitter, writing “My heart hurts really really bad.”
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Chef David Chang quoted Will Oldham’s song “I See a Darkness,” alongside a black photograph.
The owners of Big Gay Ice Cream owner Doug Quint also paid tribute to the late chef on Instagram with a series of photos, including one of Bourdain holding a rainbow unicorn. “Here are some photos from my vault that I thought I’d share. I’m not going to ‘make a statement,’” he wrote. “I’ll let the photos do that.”
Colmar, France, public prosecutor Christian de Rocquigny du Fayel told PEOPLE that Bourdain died by hanging at a luxury hotel in Kaysersberg called Le Chambard, noting “at this stage, nothing suggests the intervention of a third party.”
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” CNN said in a statement. “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.”
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “help” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
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