Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Anthony Bourdain's 'Strong and Brave' Daughter Performs 2 Days After His Death


Anthony Bourdain's 11-year-old daughter kept her father close as she took to the stage.

Bourdain's ex-wife, Ottavia Busia, shared a photo on Instagram of their child, Ariane, appearing on stage at a music venue in NY. She described the 11-year-old as "strong and courageous".

Her letter concludes, "To the media and to the random commenter, Anthony would never have wanted Asia to be hurt, I'd like to think he would want us to have the collective conversation that needs to be had about depression".

McGowan, one of the most outspoken#MeToo advocates, explained that she wrote the letter while sitting across from Argento, who she called a "remarkable human and courageous savior". "I hope you are having a good trip, wherever you are", Busia-Bourdain wrote in her first Instagram post since Bourdain's death by suicide last week.

The 81-year-old editor at The New York Times said that Bourdain seemed fine at the time, and she described her son as 'feisty, and very talented'.

Bourdain and Busia-Bourdain, his second wife, married on April 20, 2007, 11 days after Ariane's birth. Though they separated in 2016, the pair remained close.

Gladys, a former editor at The New York Times, revealed that her younger son, Christopher, broke the news of Anthony's death to her. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much.

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A source who worked closely with Bourdain told PEOPLE that being a father was one of the highlights of his life.

Argento tweeted on Friday, "Anthony gave all of himself in everything he did".

She told the paper she had spoken to Bourdain's friend Eric Ripert, who found him unresponsive in his hotel room in Strasbourg, and he told her "Tony had been in a dark mood these past couple of days". His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds.

In 2014, the organization I work for, The Muslim Public Affairs Council's (MPAC) Hollywood Bureau awarded Mr. Bourdain with its "Voices of Courage and Conscience" Media Award for the Israel-Palestine episode of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown", where he approached the issue of the Israel-Palestine conflict with authenticity, nuance, and inclusivity. "He was my love, my rock, my protector". My thoughts are with his family.

"Thank you for bringing a respectful view to the people of Palestine, Libya, Iran and more", one note read.

If you're in the US and you feel like you need help, please reach out to the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. For readers outside the US, visit Suicide.org or Befrienders Worldwide for global resources you can use to find help.

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