Anthony Bourdain's Girlfriend Asia Argento Breaks Her Silence After Chef's Suicide
Anthony Bourdain was tragically found dead earlier today and now his girlfriend, Asia Argento, has come forward to say she is 'beyond devastated'.
In a statement posted to Twitter, the 42-year-old actress remembered the celebrity chef as 'brilliant' and her 'love', 'rock' and 'protector'.
She wrote: "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."
The statement came hours after she posted an image to her Instagram story that seemed to allude to 61-year-old Bourdain.
In it, she wore a shirt with an image of Sid Vicious on it, one of Bourdain's idols, and the wording 'fuck everyone', according to MailOnline.
She then wrote over the image: "You know who you are." The picture was posted just two hours before the public announcement of Bourdain's death and she deleted it hours afterwards.
His death has been reported as suicide.
The chef hosted Parts Unknown which aired on CNN. In a statement the network said: "It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain.
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"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."
He was found by friend and fellow chef Eric Ripert in his hotel in France where he was filming for an upcoming series of the show.
As well as hosting a number of TV shows, he was also a best-selling food, travel and fiction author.
During his career he filmed with a host of celebrities including Barack Obama, Iggy Pop and Bill Murray.
Tributes have already begun to pour in, with Gordon Ramsay writing: "Stunned and saddened by the loss of Anthony Bourdain.
"He brought the world into our homes and inspired so many people to explore cultures and cities through their food. Remember that help is always a phone call away."
RIP Anthony Bourdain.
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