'He was my love, my rock, my protector': Asia Argento posts heartfelt tribute to her partner Anthony Bourdain

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  • Anthony Bourdain was found dead on Friday morning. He was 61.
  • His partner, Asia Argento, posted a tribute to him on Twitter, saying that “his generosity knew no bounds.”
  • The couple announced their relationship in May 2017.
  • Bourdain was a fierce supporter of Argento, an actress who has accused the film producer Harvey Weinstein of rape.

Asia Argento posted a heartfelt tribute to her partner, Anthony Bourdain, hours after he was confirmed dead on Friday.

Writing on Twitter, Argento described Bourdain as “my love, my rock, my protector” and said his death had left her “beyond devastated.”

Argento and Bourdain announced that they were a couple in May 2017.

Here is her statement in full:

“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.”

Bourdain was found dead in a hotel room in France on Friday morning. CNN, his longtime employer, was the first outlet to report his death.

Bourdain and Argento met on the set of Bourdain’s CNN cooking series “Parts Unknown” while filming season eight. They confirmed their relationship not long afterward.

Bourdain shared several photos of the two together on Instagram. In one caption, he called Argento his “shelter from the storm.”


Argento and Bourdain have been in the spotlight in the past months as part of the #MeToo movement, of which Argento was at the forefront.

Argento was among the first women to accuse the Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of rape in a series of high-profile news articles last year. Her story prompted more women to speak out against Weinstein specifically and abuse of power by men more generally.

Bourdain has been an outspoken supporter of Argento while she dealt with the publicity from the movement.

Tributes to Bourdain have been pouring in from fellow chefs, celebrities, and at least two US presidents.

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