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Anthony Bourdain dead at 61

Anthony Bourdain, the gifted chef and TV host has died. He was 61.

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

Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning CNN series, "Parts Unknown." His close friend Eric Ripert, the French chef, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning.

His first show was "A Cook's Tour" on the Food Network -- but the series 'No Reservations' on the Travel Channel was his breakout hit. 

In 2013, 'Parts Unknown' premiered on CNN, and it immediately won a Peabody Award. During a 2016 episode, shot in Argentina, Bourdain admitted he sometimes struggled with depression. 

Fans, fellow chefs, celebrities and friends reacted to his death with stunned sorrow.

Bourdain's death came days after fashion designer Kate Spade hanged herself in an apparent suicide Tuesday at her Manhattan apartment.

Suicide is a growing problem in the United States. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a survey Thursday showing suicide rates increased by 25% across the United States over nearly two decades ending in 2016. Twenty-five states experienced a rise in suicides by more than 30%, the government report finds.

How to get help: In the US, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. 

Kate Upton Tops the "Maxim" Hot 100 List

"Maxim" will release its annual Hot 100 list in the coming days, but yesterday, they revealed this year's #1 . . . KATE UPTON.

She says, quote, "You know, I work really hard on myself:  on feeling good, working out, being strong.  Being number one on the Hot 100 is a little reward for all of the hard work."


Kate was born in Michigan but moved to Florida, where she was discovered at a horse show when she was 12. 


She says, quote, "I was a horseback rider, so growing up around the barn, you don't really think of yourself being in the fashion industry."

Kate is joining the ranks of Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift and Hailey Baldwin as #1. She beat out Gigi and Bella Hadid, Kylie and Kendall Jenner, as well as Melania and Ivanka Trump.

The Hot 100 issue drops June 19

Lil Wayne Can Finally Release "Tha Carter V"

Lil Wayne will be able to release his “Tha Carter V” album after settling lawsuits with Cash Money Records and Universal Music Group.

Wayne sued Cash Money and Universal in 2015 for a combined $91 million. He claimed he was never paid $10 in fees that both groups promised him and they refused to release the album.

Wayne’s attorney said both lawsuits have now been settled and the rapper is happy with the outcome. It wasn’t reported how much Wayne will get, but it’s rumored he will get well over $10 million.

A release date for “Tha Carter V” album wasn’t shared.

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