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Habs devastated over the sudden death of famous chef

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The breaking news this morning has devastated many fans, including the Montreal Canadiens and their entire family. 

On Friday morning, it was tragically announced that American celebrity chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain has been found dead in his hotel room, aged 61, of a suspected suicide.

Bourdain was near Strasbourg, France, working on a shoot for his series, Parts Unknown, on CNN, and was found dead by his close friend and chef Eric Ripert. 

“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” the cable network said in a statement on Friday.

Bourdain was a best-selling food, fiction and nonfiction author who was loved by many, including the Canadiens, who posted a moving publication on social media following the announcement. 

The team went on to advice people to reach for help if ever they feel the need to talk, reminding them they are never alone. They also linked the Let's Talk Bell website to their post. 

Back in 2013, Bourdain had visited the Bell Centre and became close friends with several Montreal chefs, including Martin Picard, Normand Laprise, Frédéric Morin and Dave McMillan. 

Bourdain visited Montreal on three different television shows:  No Reservations,   The Layover , and  Parts Unknown . Each time, he  proclaimed his love for the city, and the decadent foods and quirky personalities it’s known for.

"The attitude," Bourdain said back in 2013 to NHL.com when asked what he liked about Montreal. "There's a defiant, self-aware, funny, contrarian, very robust culinary culture here that I connected with very early on in my first visit. It's entirely due to [Pied de Cochon owner] Martin [Picard] and [Joe Beef owners] Fred [Morin] and Dave [McMillan] and [legendary chef] Normand [Laprise] that I've always experienced Montreal through knowing them. They've shaped the experience for me in a wonderful way."

"I'm going to be a Montreal fan for life - you never forget your first! That was my first hockey game in my entire life. I had a great time, greatly aided by the fact that I was there with Martin, Fred, Dave and Normand - all these chefs who are really passionate Montreal Canadiens fans."

Tributes have been pouring in from fellow celebrities, entertainers, and broadcasters - many of whom posted phone numbers for local suicide prevention hotlines. Amongst them, former NHLer Dan Carcillo: 

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