Anthony Bourdain's daughter, 11, performs at concert days after his death

Sergio Cunningham
June 13, 2018

In a letter to The Hollywood Reporter, #MeToo activist and former actress Rose McGowan came to the defense of Asia Argento, an Italian actress who was dating Anthony Bourdain, the beloved chef and TV personality who died by suicide last week.

In 2013, Bourdain made the jump to CNN with "Parts Unknown".

Argento asked McGowan to write the letter on behalf of her and "all who are hurting because of this unfathomable loss", she said in a statement accompanying McGowan's message.

Ariane was performing at a NY music venue, clad in a pair of killer boots Bourdain had apparently gifted her. "I hope you are having a good trip, wherever you are", Ottavia wrote in the caption.

Before his death, Bourdain "reached out for help" but didn't take his doctor's advice, McGowan said, advising fans and followers not to blame Ms Argento.

Eric reportedly knew something was up when his friend and colleague, who had previously battled drug addiction and depression, didn't show up for breakfast. Bourdain made a point of never shooting back-to-back episodes so he would have time to return to NY to spend time with her.

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"Anthony and Asia had a free relationship, they loved without borders of traditional relationships, and they established the parameters of their relationship early on", McGowan noted in her letter.

As his career progressed, Anthony documented his love for food on television, his most recent project being the CNN special series, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. "Anthony's internal war was his war, but now she's been left on the battlefield to take the bullets", she continued.

A rep for Bourdain, as well as his brother Christopher, did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment. "Parts Unknown" was the latest in that series. "I have changed. My husband half-jokes that he married Sophia Loren but ended up with Jean-Claude Van Damme", the 49-year-old wrote in the article.

Ripert called him "a dear friend" and "an exceptional human being" in a statement to TODAY.

Anthony Bourdain's divorce from the mother of his child was never finalized - though he ruled out ever marrying girlfriend Asia Argento, according to a report.

If you're in the USA and you feel like you need help, please reach out to the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

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