Anthony Bourdain’s Ex-Wife Speaks Out After Death

By Jack Phillips

The ex-wife of Anthony Bourdain, Ottavia Busia, has broken her silence on the death of the celebrity chef.

She shared a photo of their 11-year-old daughter, calling her “so strong and brave” after Bourdain killed himself in France. She posted the photo on Monday showing the girl, named Ariane, with a microphone, according to the New York Post.

“Our little girl had her concert today. She was amazing. So strong and brave,” she wrote, according to the Post. “She wore the boots you bought her. I hope you are having a good trip, wherever you are.”

Busia said that the girl had been performing in front of crowds since last year, ABC News reported.

In 2015, Bourdain said that he took his role as a father seriously and was close to the girl.

“My soul [sic] duty as a parent and as a father, particularly raising a little girl who is going to grow up to be a young woman, is that she will never look to men for affirmation, or anyone else for affirmation or self-worth or be physically intimidated by anyone,” he said to Mom.me in 2015.

He was found dead on Friday while filming an episode for “Parts Unknown” on CNN.

His girlfriend, Asia Argento, issued a statement on his death.

“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 Friday, ABC reported. “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.”

CNN initially confirmed his death.

“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” the network wrote. “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”

 

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