“ 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. ”
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. ”
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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