Anthony Bourdain's 'Strong and Brave' Daughter Performs 2 Days After His Death
Ariane, 11, was wearing boots that had been given to her by her late father.
Anthony Bourdain’s 11-year-old daughter kept her father close as she took the stage in a performance, days after the acclaimed writer and chef took his own life, Bourdain’s estranged wife said on social media.
Ottavia Busia-Bourdain posted a photo of her ex-husband Anthony Bourdain’s only child, Ariane, holding a microphone in her hand at DROM, a music venue in Manhattan’s East Village, to Instagram Sunday.
"Our little girl had her concert today," Busia-Bourdain wrote in her first post to social media since Bourdain’s death.
The acclaimed chef and TV host was found dead early Friday in a France hotel room. His cause of death was an apparent suicide.
The School of Rock’s New York program put on two performances over the weekend, and Ariane apparently took part in the show.
"She was amazing," Busia-Bourdain wrote. "So strong and brave. She wore the boots you bought her. I hope you are having a good trip, wherever you are."
Bourdain and Busia-Bourdain married in 2007. Though they separated in 2016, the pair remained close.
In the days following Bourdain’s death, mourners have flocked to Brasserie Les Halles, the now-shuttered New York restaurant where he once served as executive chef.
Bouquets of flowers, heartfelt notes and moving quotes by Bourdain himself adorned the makeshift memorial outside the eatery.
The restaurant, which permanently closed about a year ago, served as the setting for many of the stories Bourdain shared in his first book, Kitchen Confidential.
"Thank you for bringing a respectful view to the people of Palestine, Libya, Iran and more," one note read. "You brought people together. Ariane and Asia, you have all of our love."
“1956-2018. Rest in Peace Mr. Bourdain,” another note read. “You are loved and will be sorely missed.
"You are not alone," the message continued, sharing the number for the Suicide Prevention Hotline.
In an interview with The New York Times following news of Bourdain's death, his mother, Gladys Bourdain, said she had no idea her son may have been contemplating ending his life.
“He is absolutely the last person in the world I would have ever dreamed would do something like this,” she told The Times.
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."
Actress Rose McGowan is reportedly said to be comforting Bourdain’s girlfriend, Asia Argento, in Rome. She spoke out against critics attempting to blame the Italian actress for her boyfriend's death.
"Anthony’s internal war was his war," McGowan said. "It is in no way fair or acceptable to blame her or anyone else."
Bourdain’s mother has said funeral arrangements have been put on hold until authorities in France allow his body to be flown home.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or text “help” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741.
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