Anthony Bourdain’s Girlfriend, Asia Argento, Shares Tribute Following His Death

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Image via Asia Argento

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has passed at the age of 61. Just a week before his death, he purchased a painting with a poignant message about “learning to live with” a falling sky.

When describing death in his 2000 book, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, Bourdain said, “[When I die], I will decidedly not be regretting missed opportunities for a good time. My regrets will be more along the lines of a sad list of people hurt, people let down, assets wasted and advantages squandered.”

He surely did not give himself enough credit.

Bourdain’s girlfriend of two years, Asia Argento, has released a statement following his passing.

“Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did,” the Italian-born actress wrote on social media. “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.”

Bourdain’s last post on social media was a video of him celebrating with Argento and Christopher Doyle—Wong Kar Wai’s frequent collaborator and director of photography—after he had completed a “cinematic dream” of filming a Parts Unknown episode in Hong Kong with Doyle, who he deemed a “cinematographer idol.”

Bourdain’s passing comes three days after the death of American fashion designer Kate Spade, who also took her own life.

A post shared by asiaargento (@asiaargento) on Jun 8, 2018 at 8:58am PDT

@anthonybourdain on the Star Ferry to Kowloon at night. I directed the new episode for @partsunknowncnn, airing this Sunday night on @cnn — cinematography by Christopher Doyle @dukefeng52

A post shared by asiaargento (@asiaargento) on May 30, 2018 at 6:27am PDT

It’s a wrap! #Firenze @partsunknowncnn @anthonybourdain #makearteveryday

A post shared by asiaargento (@asiaargento) on May 27, 2018 at 12:07am PDT

This Love Kills Fascists @anthonybourdain

A post shared by asiaargento (@asiaargento) on Apr 27, 2018 at 4:24am PDT

I'll stick with you baby for a thousand years, nothing's gonna touch you in these golden years, gold @anthonybourdain

A post shared by asiaargento (@asiaargento) on Apr 25, 2018 at 10:10am PDT

[via Esquire, images via Asia Argento]

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