'Tony I love you': Andrew Zimmern reacts to shock death of Anthony Bourdain

The Minnesota celebrity chef was close friends with Bourdain.
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Andrew Zimmern is among the great and the good of the food and television world paying tribute to Anthony Bourdain, who has died at the age of 61.

The TV chef, who hosted the CNN show "Parts Unknown," was found dead in his hotel room in France on Friday, after apparently killing himself.

Minnesota celebrity chef Zimmern was close friends with Bourdain, and paid tribute to him on Twitter on Friday, as news of his death filtered through.

"I'm so angry this morning. Life is f------ hard and crazy and Tony I love you," he wrote.

"I'm wearing your boots that I never wore because they were yours, and going to work. Everyone should hug some extra people today. My heart is heavy."

While Bourdain had a notable feud with Guy Fieri, the chef had a lot of love for Zimmern, who presents "Bizarre Foods" on the Travel Channel.

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He once referred to Zimmern as "his hero," according to the Eater, telling live audiences that he's "in awe" that Zimmern is able to eat bizarre delicacies without drinking.

"When you’re eating scrotum, alcohol helps," he joked.

Bourdain was also an occasional guest on Zimmern's show.

Check out this video of Zimmern speaking of Bourdain at an event in 2009, when he described him as "one of the smartest guys in the food business," adding: "He is wonderful to spend time with."

Here's Zimmern's Twitter tribute to his friend (profanity warning).

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