In the wake of the death of chef Anthony Bourdain, who took his own life in a French hotel last week, tributes have poured out from across the world.
Fans and friends alike have praised the American’s talent, his sense of adventure, and storytelling ability. Others, such as New York Time food critic Pete Wells, also paid testament to his determination to expose the un-glamorous side of the restaurant industry, which too often features raging tempers, low wages and the exploitation of immigrant workers.
Having spent his early career working at restaurants in New York City, Anthony Bourdain moved on to become a TV chef and critic in the early 200os, going on to become the star of CNN’s Parts Unknown in which he showcased cuisines from countries including Ethiopia, Japan, Armenia, and Vietnam.
It’s clear that Bourdain managed to connect foods and audiences around the world, and viewers loved him for it.
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But as much as fans of his work may be devastated at the loss of their idol, no one can finding this time harder than those who loved him most.
In addition to his current girlfriend, Asia Argento, Anthony left behind an 11-year-old daughter, Ariane, and an wife from whom he was separated, Ottavia Busia Bourdain.
Anthony and Ottavia, a mixed-martial artist, married in 2007, just 11 days after the birth of their daughter. Although they split in 2016, an event Bourdain blamed on his hectic work schedule, they are believed to have remained close as a family and their divorce had not yet been finalized.
Now, Ottavia has opened up for the first time since his death, by posting an emotional message about their daughter to their Instagram.
The picture, which was posted on Monday, showed Ariane singing onstage, dressed in a black leather jacket and studded boots. Clearly conscious of her daughter’s privacy, as Anthony always was on his own Instagram, she chose a photo in which Ariane’s head was turned to one side.
The snap was accompanied by a touching caption that seemed to be addressed to her ex-husband, which read: “Our little girl had her concert today. She was amazing. So strong and brave. She wore the boots you bought her. I hope you are having a good trip, wherever you are.”
It is believed that despite her tender age, Ariane has been performing for some time, as Ottavia previously posted a picture of her daughter, looking noticeably younger, rocking out on stage, with the message: “Some 15 years ago I had some crazy nights at #thebitterendnyc and never thought one day I would sit in the same spot watching my daughter singing for the first time. So many feels! #proudmom#shekilledit”
Over the years, Anthony Bourdain has been vocal about his love for his daughter, and the ways she has changed his life. Known for being honest about his previous struggles with addiction to cocaine and heroin, Bourdain recently opened up to People magazine about how he felt a “responsibility” to “at least try to live” since the birth of his daughter.
In a 2012 interview with Bust magazine, he also spoke about how he wanted to raise her to be strong and self-reliant: “The best I can hope for is that I’m raising a young woman who has really high self-esteem, doesn’t take any sh*t from boys, and will not take any sh*t from men.”
Earlier in the week, Bourdain’s girlfriend Asia Argento shared a message asking for privacy for both herself and his family, saying:
“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.”
To deal with the sudden death of your father at just 11-years-old is something that is just unimaginable for many of us, but that is now, unfortunately, a reality for this little girl. And while her family may, quite rightly, wish to shield her from the limelight right now, something tells me we haven’t seen the last of Ariane Bourdain yet.