One of Anthony Bourdain's final projects was a Detroit doc


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News comes this morning that celebrity chef and CNN Parts Unknown host Anthony Bourdain was found dead of apparent suicide in his hotel room while filming in France. He was 61.

In recent years, the world traveler had become an outspoken fan of Detroit. He visited the city in 2013 for the final episode of the second season of Parts Unknown, in which he enjoyed his first coney dog (at Duly's — he called the interplay of the hot dog, chili, mustard, and onions "symphonic") and raved about a DIY neighborhood barbecue joint. Later, he penned a love letter to the city.

"I love Detroit. I love Detroiters," he wrote. "You’ve got to have a sense of humor to live in a city so relentlessly fucked. You’ve got to be tough — and occasionally even devious. And Detroiters are funny, tough — and supreme improvisers. They are also among the best and most fun drinkers in the country."

Bourdain's admiration for the Motor City continued long after he left. Last year, Bourdain was announced as the producer for a multi-part TV documentary for CNN titled Detroit 1963: Once in a Great City, based on David Maraniss' book Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story. The project was slated for release this year.

You can revisit Bourdain's Detroit episode of Parts Unknown here.

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