Asia Argento Shares Heartbreaking Statement On Anthony Bourdain’s Death

Hours after the death of boyfriend Anthony Bourdain , Italian actress Asia Argento tweeted out a touching statement.

“ 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, ” she wrote.   “ I am beyond devastated. ”

The 61-year-old died on Friday in France   of an apparent suicide.

He and Argento had been dating since 2016, after the pair met while Bourdain was in Rome filming his Emmy-award winning series “ Parts Unknown. ”

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Bourdain told People in September 2017 that his relationship with Argento thrived because she understood his on-the-go lifestyle.

″[Asia] has spent a lifetime in film since she was 9 years old. She comes from generations of filmmakers on both sides of the family, ” said Bourdain.   “ She’ s a really accomplished director and writer, along with being a longtime actress and a real sponge for culture, music, literature. So she’ s enormously helpful and inspiring. ”

He also joked that they were “ both circus freaks in the same circus— or different circuses, I guess. ”

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Publicly, Bourdain was a staunch advocate for Argento ― particularly after the explosive  New Yorker article   published in October 2017 revealed that in she was sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein in 1997.

“ I am proud and honored to know you, ” Bourdain had tweeted at the time . “ You just did the hardest thing in the world. ”

Since that point, up until his death, Bourdain was a huge supporter for the Me Too movement. In addition to backing Argento and other women who came forward, Bourdain also spoke openly about the “ bro” culture and sexual harassment that existed in the culinary world.

This piece has been updated.

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