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Anthony Bourdain's girlfriend Asia Argento releases a statement about the chef's shock death

This is just so sad.

Shortly after news of celebrity chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain's suicide broke his grieving girlfriend, Asia Argento released a statement addressing the tragic loss.

"Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did," Asia wrote in a statement on Twitter on Friday (8 June, 2018). "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."

The celebrity foodie, author and host of CNN's travel show, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown was filming in Strasbourg, France, when the 61-year-old was found unresponsive in his hotel room, confirmed his colleagues at the network.

"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague," CNN said in a statement released on Friday. "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."

Anthony and Aisa were reportedly introduced while the late chef was filming his show in Rome and after a year they started dating, according to PEOPLE. He balanced his long distance relationship with the Italian actress and his parenting commitments to his 11-year-old daughter Ariane who lives in his native New York with her mother, his ex-wife, Ottavia Busin.

Argento's final photo with Bourdain was posted on May 27 this year and the 42-year-old captioned the black and white pic: "It's a wrap! @partsunknowncnn @anthonybourdain #makearteveryday"

As well as his cooking and TV work, the late titan of cuisine was recognised for his social advocacy, most recently his outspoken support of the #MeToo movement. Asia herself was one of the women who came forward to accuse disgraced film producer, Harvey Weinstein of rape.

After Aisa's accusations were published in The New Yorker in October, 2017, Bourdain tweeted a link to the article and wrote to Argento, "I am proud and honored to know you." Adding, " You just did the hardest thing in the world."

Bourdain not only publicly talked through his own history of perpetuating toxic masculinity (his In an interview with Isaac Chotiner of Slate is a great read, and more of this from men PLEASE!!!!), he helped to champion the other women involved in bringing down the former Hollywood mogul, even hosting a dinner in November for his girlfriend and fellow Weinstein accusers Rose McGowan and Annabella Sciorra.

"It was an honour to cook for this meeting of the minds," he said on Twitter, tweeting out a photo of the evening.

Some prominent women who have been vocal about the #metoo movement have taken to social media to express their sadness at the chef's passing, as well as Asia's loss.

Vale, Tony Bourdain.

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