Anthony Bourdain, the Emmy-winning host, world renowned chef and best-selling author has died. He was a pioneer in the food industry, known for shows such as No Reservations and Parts Unknown. According to CNN, Anthony Bourdain’s cause of death is suicide by hanging and he was found unresponsive in his hotel room by fellow chef Eric Ripert. The two had reportedly been working on a new episode of Parts Unknown.
The CNN network, on which Parts Unknown airs, released the following statement to confirm Anthony Bourdain died, “It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain. 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.” In the wake of his death, Bourdain leaves behind two ex-wives, a daughter, many friends, colleagues, and his girlfriend, Asia Argento, who he has dated since 2016. Get to know more about Argento, her relationship with Bourdain, and the family grieving the loss of Bourdain below.
1. Argento Is an Actress and Director
Asia Argento is an Italian actress, director, model and activist, who, according to the late Bourdain, has been in the business since she was a kid. Bourdain previously told People that, “She’s been in this circus since she was nine. She knows so much more about so many of the things that are important to me—music, books, film, the technical aspects of film, and just the weird state of celebrity, being somebody that people come up to. That’s something she’s dealt with a lot longer than me. I was 44 before that started happening. Whereas, it’s been like that for her since she was a kid.”
Argento actually worked with Bourdain on his on his show Parts Unknown, which he hosted for 5 years. According to Indie Wire, Bourdain’s description of the show was, “It’s always been, to one extent or another, a stealth food show. We pretend it’s about food. It rarely is. We always talk about films first, before we head to a location, for visual cues, for sound, for editing. We love nothing more than duping, emulating, or riffing on a film that few of our audiences have actually seen.”
Previously, Bourdain said to People that, “[Asia] has spent a lifetime in film since she was 9 years old. 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.” Some know Argento from XXX, sstarring opposite Vin Diesel and the movie Marie Antoinette, with Kirsten Dunst.
2. Asia Argento Accused Harvey Weinstein of Rape
Argento has been one of the many women to come forward and speak out against fallen entertainment mogul Harvey Weinstein. Her allegations against Weinstein were that he forced oral sex on her. In an interview with Ronan Farrow for The New Yorker, Argento stated that she was 21 years old when Weinstein allegedly raped her at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on the French Riviera in 1997, by forcing oral sex on her. Argento said that Weinstein came into the hotel room with a bottle of lotion, wearing only a bathrobe, and asked her to give him a massage.
Argento then claimed that Weinstein forcibly gave her oral sex as she continued to tell him to stop. Argento explained, “I was not willing. I said, ‘No, no, no’ … It’s twisted. A big fat man wanting to eat you. It’s a scary fairy tale.” She said she started to fake enjoyment in hopes that would get Weinstein to stop. FOX News reported that her film Scarlet Diva was actually about her alleged encounter with Weinstein.
Bourdain voiced his support of Argento online, when she first made claims against Weinstein. In fact, The Independent reported that Bourdain once cooked dinner for three of Weinstein’s accusers. At the time that Argento came forward, Bourdain tweeted this message, “@AsiaArgento I am proud and honored to know you. You just did the hardest thing in the world.” Weinstein has denied the claims.
3. Anthony Bourdain and His Girlfriend Carried Out a Long-Distance Relationship
With both of their crazy work schedules, Bourdain and Argento had a long-distance relationship, but it appeared to work well for the two. According to People, Bourdain made sure to make time for Argento, as well as his daughter, Ariane, who was 11 years old at the time of his death. Bourdain had Ariane when he was married to his ex-wife Ottavia Busia. In his spare time, Bourdain split his living between New York (to visit his daughter) and Italy (to visit Argento).
Argento reportedly lives in Vigna Clara, which is north of Rome. Both she and Bourdain love to work, which is something they had in common. He explained to People that, “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.”
He continued, “I’m a person who likes being busy, I need a project always. I’m not a person, obviously, who’s happy being idle for too long. I like waking up with things to do. I have a restless, creative mind.” According to The Huffington Post, the couple made their first appearance together at the annual Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.
4. Asia Argento Was Married to Filmmaker Michele Civetta
Emmy-nominated film director Michele Civetta married Argento on August 2008, in Arezzo. The couple was married from 2008 until 2013.
Civetta has directed commercials for brands including Coca-Cola, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Martini & Rossi. In addition, he has worked with stars like Yoko Ono, Lindsay Lohan, and Carrie Fisher, in his career. He even worked with ex Argento, directing her music video “Ours” in 2013. According to IMDb, Civetto also directed Argento in a thriller called The Executrix, which came out in 2017.
Civetta is the founder of the company Quintessence Films.
5. She Has Two Children From Previous Relationships
With ex-husband Civetta, Argento had one child, named Nicola Civetta. Prior to marrying Civetta, Argento had a daughter with singer Marco Castoldi, also known as Morgan. Her daughter, Anna Lou Castoldi, was born in 2001 and she is already a working actress. Argento actually named her daughter after her half-sister Anna Ceroli, who died in a motorcycle accident.
Anna Lou Castoldi is known for the movies Misunderstood (2014) and Shadow (2017). She is also the half-sister of Lara Castoldi.
Marco Castoldi, father of Anna, has been known as the lead singer of Bluvertigo. With Argento, IMDb has reported, Castoldi created a short movie music video called Bluvertigo: L’assenzio, in 2001. Castoldi originally hails from Milan, Italy.