When the news broke that Anthony Bourdain had been found dead at age 61, his colleagues at CNN rushed to pay tribute to the Parts Unknown star. One of those colleagues was Anderson Cooper, who led an emotion special broadcast memorializing his close friend. “Honestly, talking about him in the past tense it’s, it’s really — yeah, it’s really hard to — hard to imagine,” Cooper said. “But certainly, you know, the pain he must have been feeling, at least in that moment or in those moments, and the loneliness he must be feeling it’s just terribly sad to think about. And makes me very sad for him to have — to have a succumbed to that. He gave me hope for what one’s life can become, can be at 61.”
“He loved and was loved in return,” Cooper added, visibly upset and holding back tears.
You can watch Cooper's emotional tribute to Bourdain below.