Anthony Bourdain's Girlfriend Asia Argento Posted A Touching Tribute After His Death

"He was my love, my rock, my protector."

Following news of Anthony Bourdain's death last week, tributes poured in for the chef and TV host on social media, remembering his legacy, and raising awareness for depression and suicide. One particularly meaningful statement came from Bourdain's girlfriend, actress and director Asia Argento.

"Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did. His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds," Argento wrote. "He was my love, my rock, my protector. I am beyond devastated."

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"My thoughts are with his family," she added. "I would ask that you respect their privacy and mine."

As The Independent points out, Bourdain had been supportive of Argento after she publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault last year. When she first spoke out, Bourdain wrote to her on Twitter, "I am proud and honored to know you. You just did the hardest thing in the world."

In December, Bourdain wrote an essay on Medium in which he said he stood "unhesitatingly and unwaveringly with the women" of the #MeToo movement, adding, "Not out of virtue, or integrity, or high moral outrage — as much as I'd like to say so — but because late in life, I met one extraordinary woman with a particularly awful story to tell, who introduced me to other extraordinary women with equally awful stories." 

"I am grateful to them for their courage, and inspired by them," he continued. "That doesn't make me any more enlightened than any other man who has begun listening and paying attention. It does make me, I hope, slightly less stupid."

He also spoke out against fellow chef Mario Batali, who was reportedly considering a comeback after allegations of sexual harassment. "Retire and count yourself lucky," Bourdain said, as "someone who really admired him and thought the world of him."

According to CNN, the movement prompted Bourdain to examine his own past. "I look back, like, I hope, a lot of men in that industry and say — not so much 'what did I do or not do?' — but 'what did I see and what did I let slide? What did I not notice?' " he told Trevor Noah on The Daily Show.

On Monday morning, fellow Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan released a letter about Bourdain's death, explaining that Argento was with her when she wrote it and reminding people not to place blame. "It is in no way fair or acceptable to blame her or anyone else, not even Anthony," McGowan wrote. "We are asking you to be better, to look deeper, to read and learn about mental illness, suicide and depression before you make it worse for survivors by judging that which we do not understand, that which can never fully be understood."

Other recent tributes to Bourdain have included a Philadelphia restaurant's tribute pie to raise money for suicide prevention. Bourdain's favorite New York deli also set out his regular breakfast with an empty chair on Friday. "We see a lot of famous people come through here, but he was just a regular guy," deli owner Gary Greengrass told Today. "He treated everybody regularly, not like a celebrity."

If you or a loved one are in a crisis, you can reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK to speak with a skilled, trained counselor who is ready to listen to you.

Cover image: Denis Makarenko / Shutterstock.com

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