Baku, February 1, AZERTAC
Benoit Violier - whose renowned three-star restaurant in a small Swiss town was in December ranked best in the world - was found dead in his home on Sunday in an apparent suicide, police said, according to the Telegraph.
News of the 44-year-old's death sparked a wave of sadness as contemporaries extolled the French-Swiss chef's talents.
"Late in the afternoon, police... went to Crissier where they discovered at his home the body of Mr Benoit Violier," Swiss police said in a statement, adding that it appeared he had shot himself.
Crissier, near the south-western Swiss city of Lausanne, is home to Violier's restaurant, Restaurant de l'Hotel de Ville.
Police said an investigation had been opened into the death.
The statement added that Violier's family had asked for privacy "to be allowed to mourn in peace".
Restaurant de l'Hotel de Ville, which boasts three Michelin stars, was named the best of 1,000 restaurants across 48 countries ranked by France's La Liste.