Anthony Bourdain’s girlfriend, the actress Asia Argento, spoke out after the celebrity chef reportedly killed himself in France.
Argento released a statement on Friday afternoon, saying that “Anthony gave all of himself in everything he did. His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds.”
“He was my love, my rock, my protector. I am beyond devastated. My thoughts are with his family. I would ask that you respect their privacy and mine,” the 42-year-old tweeted.
— Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) June 8, 2018
Bourdain hanged himself in a French hotel at the age of 61, according to reports. Friend Eric Ripert found his body on Friday, the New York Post reported.
“Tony was an exceptional talent,” CNN President Jeff Zucker told employees, CNN reported. “Tony will be greatly missed not only for his work but also for the passion with which he did it.”
Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” aired on CNN. He was reportedly filming an episode when he died.
In a statement to People magazine, the U.S. Embassy in Paris wrote: “We can confirm the death of Anthony Bourdain in the Haut-Rhin department of France. We extend our sincere condolences to friends and family. We stand ready to provide appropriate consular service. Out of respect for the family at this difficult time we have no further comment.”
Bourdain leaves behind an 11-year-old daughter, Ariane.
I ate with Bourdain. Probably 2004. He was big even then but he took time to sit with me in Chinatown to talk “weird” food for a magazine piece I was writing. He taught me that our “weird” is the world’s delicious. We ate chicken feet. The afternoon vibrated with life. RIP
— John Hodgman (@hodgman) June 8, 2018
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