Anthony Bourdain called girlfriend Asia Argento his ‘shelter from the storm’ months before his death

Asia Argento and Anthony Bourdain.

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Asia Argento and Anthony Bourdain.
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  • Anthony Bourdain has died at 61. The cause of death was suicide, CNN reported.
  • The celebrity chef is survived by a daughter and his girlfriend, the actress Asia Argento.
  • Bourdain shared several heartfelt posts about Argento on Instagram throughout their relationship, calling her his “Shelter from the Storm” in one caption.

The celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain was found dead on Friday morning, CNN reported.

CNN said the cause of death was suicide. He was 61.

Bourdain is survived by his daughter, Ariane Bourdain, and his girlfriend, the Italian actress Asia Argento.

Argento is a vocal critic of the Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein, whom she has accused of sexual assault.

Argento and Bourdain met on the set of Bourdain’s CNN cooking series “Parts Unknown” while filming season eight. Argento contributed to many episodes of the show, People magazine reported.

Bourdain shared several Instagram posts of him and his partner over the past year.

In February, Bourdain posted an image of him with his head on Argento’s shoulder. He captioned it: “Shelter from the Storm.”

Shelter from the Storm

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In another heartfelt post earlier this year, Bourdain said: “Just a perfect day You made me forget myself @asiaargento.”

Just a perfect day You made me forget myself @asiaargento

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Argento “has spent a lifetime in film since she was 9 years old,” Bourdain told People in September. “She comes from generations of filmmakers on both sides of the family.

“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 added: “We both work a lot. And we’re both away from home a lot so we’re both circus freaks in the same circus – or different circuses I guess.”

“Anthony gave all of himself in everything he did,” Argento wrote in a statement posted on Twitter. “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.”

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or has had thoughts of harming themselves or taking their own life, get help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free, confidential support for people in distress, as well as best practices for professionals and resources to aid in prevention and crisis situations.

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