Asia Argento is the latest celebrity to speak out about the stunning suicide of Anthony Bourdain.
But Argento’s words carry more weight than most others… because she had been dating the celebrity chef at the time of his tragic death.
As previously reported, Bourdain killed himself this week while on location in France for an episode of his CNN series, Parts Unknown.
He was found unresponsive in his hotel room by close friend and fellow chef Eric Ripert, with multiple outlets writing since tha Bourdain hanged himself.
This is what CNN said in a statement that confirmed the awful news:
It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain.
“His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller.
“His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”
Now, hours after this suicide was made public, Argento has briefly opened up about her boyfriend of several months.
Wrote the actress on Twitter:
“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.
“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.”
Argento and Bourdin did not publicize their romance very much, but the latter spoke out in praise and admiration of the former last year amidst the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal because Asia was one of the first women who accused the movie producer of rape.
The actress and the late chef met on an episode of Parts Unknown that was filmed in Rome and started dating last year.
Bourdain’s death has sent shockwaves through Hollywood.
It took place just three days after designer Kate Spade also committed suicide; also via hanging.
French police have to People Magazine that Bourdain and Ripert were in France together while filming an installment of Bourdain’s award-winning series — and Ripert has now also issued a statement in the wake of this tragedy.
It reads as follows:
Anthony was a dear friend.
He was an exceptional human being, so inspiring and generous. One of the great storytellers of our time who connected with so many. I wish him peace.
My love and prayers are with his family, friends and loved ones.
Bourdain leaves behind an 11-year old daughter.
His best-selling memoir, “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly,” led to his first television show on The Food Network, which eventually led to Parts Unknown premiering on CNN in 2013.
It immediately won a Peabody Award.
Bourdain was 61 years old.
May he rest in peace.