Rose McGowan: Don’t blame Asia Argento, others for Anthony Bourdain’s death

Following the death of Anthony Bourdain on Friday, Rose McGowan has released a lengthy statement asking the media and fans not to place blame on anyone for the famed chef’s suicide.

McGowan wrote that she was speaking on behalf of friend Asia Argento, who had been in a relationship with Bourdain since 2017. In the statement, the actress and activist said, “I know so many around the world thought of Anthony Bourdain as a friend and when a friend dies, it hurts. Many of these people who lost their ‘friend’ are wanting to lash out and blame. You must not sink to that level. Suicide is a horrible choice, but it is that person’s choice.”

She went on to detail the relationship between Bourdain and Argento, and how both struggled with depression, particularly this year, as Argento was one of many woman to bring harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein. McGowan said Argento “did the work to get help, so she could stay alive and live another day for her and her children. Anthony’s depression didn’t let him, he put down his armor, and that was very much his choice. His decision, not hers. His depression won.” 

She also says Bourdain reached out for help before his death, “yet he did not take the doctor’s advice.”

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UNITED STATES - APRIL 12: Chef Anthony Bourdain has a drink at Tintol restaurant in Times Square. Bourdain, 49, is the star of 'Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations,' the Travel Channel series that's half travelogue and half food show. Traveling constantly for the show, on which he regularly grosses viewers out by eating such delicacies as fermented shark meat in Iceland - 'the smell alone would stop a rhinoceros in its tracks,' he says - means he's only in his Manhattan apartment a few days out of the month. (Photo by James Keivom/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
(AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) Chef Anthony Bourdain, 27 October 2003. AFR Picture by MICHELE MOSSOP (Photo by Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 26: Chef Anthony Bourdain does a cooking demonstration at the South Beach Food And Wine Festival on February 26, 2005 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 21: Chef Tom Colicchio and TV personality Anthony Bourdain attend the Food Bank For New York City's Sixth Annual Can-Do Awards at Abigail Kirsch's Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on April 21, 2009 in New York City (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage for BWR)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 28: Eric Ripert and Anthony Bourdain attend the 2010 South Beach Wine and Food Festival Grand Tasting Village on February 28, 2010 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - JUNE 30: Anthony Bourdain discusses his book 'Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook' presented by Books and Books at Lincoln Theatre on June 30, 2010 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
TOP CHEF -- 'An Offer They Can't Refuse' Episode 808 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jduges Tom Colicchio, Anthony Bourdain (Photo by David Giesbrecht/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Anthony Bourdain attends the Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village during the 2011 South Beach Wine and Food Festival on February 27, 2011 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 19: TV personality Anthony Bourdain attends the Great Googa Mooga 2012 at Prospect Park on May 19, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 650 -- Pictured: (l-r) Anthony Bourdain, Jimmy Fallon -- (Photo by: Ira James/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TASTE - ABC's 'The Taste' features no-holds barred chef Anthony Bourdain. (Photo by Sasha Shemirani/ABC via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 10: Anthony Bourdain attends the Disney ABC Television Group 2013 TCA Winter Press Tour at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 10, 2013 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 23: Anthony Bourdain attends the South Beach Wine and Food Festival 2013 Grand Tasting Village on February 23, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 02: Anthony Bourdain signs his book at Hey New York: Meet Anthony Bourdain + Eric Ripert book signing event for his book 'Appetites: A Cookbook' at Williams-Sonoma Columbus Circle on December 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Owen Hoffmann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 10: TV personality Anthony Bourdain attends 'Parts Unknown Last Bite' Live CNN Talk Show hosted by Anthony Bourdain at Atomic Liquors on November 10, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 24280_001_0026.JPG (Photo by Isaac Brekken/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: (L-R) Senior vice president for talent and content development Amy Entelis, Anthony Bourdain and Senior vice president of development and acquisitions Vinnie Malhotra attend the CNN Upfront 2014 at Skylight Modern on April 10, 2014 in New York City. 24679_002_0417.JPG (Photo by Bryan Bedder/WireImage for Turner Networks)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0657 -- Pictured: (l-r) Author/Chef Anthony Bourdain and host Jimmy Fallon during an interview on April 19, 2017 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 04: Chef, Author and TV Personality Anthony Bourdain attends The 2015 Bronx Academy Of Letters Chefs' Tasting Benefit at The Edison Ballroom on March 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02: (L-R) Chef Mario Batali, Artist Shantell Martin, and Chef Anthony Bourdain attend The (RED) Supper hosted by Mario Batali with Anthony Bourdain on June 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Anthony Bourdain attends the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Author/chef Anthony Bourdain attends the 2015 Center For Fiction Benefit & Awards at The Metropolitan Club on December 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)
Anthony Bourdain poses with the outstanding informational series or special award for "Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown" backstage at the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California September 12, 2015. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
REFILE-QUALITY REPEAT U.S. President Barack Obama talks with Anthony Bourdain after an interview at a shopping area of Hanoi, Vietnam May 24, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12: Anthony Bourdain and Asia Argento attend the 2018 Women In The World Summit at David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center on April 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 18:Anthony Bourdain is seen in midtown on January 18, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Asia Argento and Anthony Bourdain attend the 2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Anthony Bourdain attends Build Series Presents discussing The New Documentary 'Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent'at Build Studio on April 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/FilmMagic)
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After calling for public support for Argento, McGowan concluded, “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. Blame is NOT a conversation, it is the shutting down of our collective growth. Which is where we are now. We have a choice as humans, shrink to our smaller, uglier selves, or be better and grow as only true Phoenixes can. I urge you to be that Phoenix.” She also provided suicide prevention hotlines for countries all over the world. 

CNN, for which Bourdain hosted the popular food and travel series “Parts Unknown,” confirmed news of Bourdain’s death on Friday. According to the network, Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode of the show. His friend, French chef Eric Ripert, found him unresponsive in his hotel room.

Argento tweeted on Friday, “Anthony gave all of himself in everything 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.”

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NEW YORK - APRIL 21: Ottavia Busia and TV Personality Anthony Bourdain attend the Food Bank For New York City's Sixth Annual Can-Do Awards at Abigail Kirsch's Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on April 21, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage for BWR)
NEW YORK - JULY 30: Television personality Anthony Bourdain (R) and Ottavia Busia attend the 'Julie & Julia' premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre on July 30, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Ottavia Busia and Anthony Bourdain attend 2009 CREATIVE ARTS EMMY AWARDS at NOKIA Theatre on September 12, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by DAVID CROTTY/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Ottavia Busia and Anthony Bourdain attend the 'Julie and Julia Film Premiere' at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. (Photo by Lars Niki/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 20: Ottavia Busia and Chef Anthony Bourdain attend the Food Bank for New York City's 8th Annual Can-Do Awards dinner at Abigail Kirsch?s Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on April 20, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage for Food Bank)
NEW YORK - APRIL 20: Chef Anthony Bourdain, Ottavia Busia, guest and Top Chef host Tom Colicchio attend the Food Bank for New York City's 8th Annual Can-Do Awards dinner at Abigail Kirsch?s Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on April 20, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage for Food Bank)
(L-R) Ottavia Busia and Chef Anthony Bourdain attend 'Have A Foodie Holiday' in partnership with Food Network, Cooking Channel and Illycafe at Barneys New York on November 16, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Killian/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 21: TV personality Anthony Bourdain and wife, Ottavia Busia attend the 'Treme' New York Premiere at The Museum of Modern Art on April 21, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by John W. Ferguson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Chef, author and television host Anthony Bourdain (R) and Ottavia Busia attend the 53rd annual CLIO awards at the American Museum of Natural History on May 15, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 03: Ottavia Busia and Anthony Bourdain attend UFC On FOX VIP Party at Mondrian Soho on May 3, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Anthony Bourdain and Ottavia Busia attends 20th Annual City Harvest An Evening Of Practical Magic at Cipriani 42nd Street on April 24, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 11: Ottavia Bourdain and Anthony Bourdain attend On The Chopping Block: A Roast of Anthony Bourdain at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on October 11, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 23: Ottavia Busia and Anthony Bourdain attend the premiere of 'The Big Short' at Ziegfeld Theatre on November 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 23: Ottavia Busia and chef Anthony Bourdain attend the premiere of 'The Big Short' at Ziegfeld Theatre on November 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 10: TV Personality Anthony Bourdain and Ottavia Bourdain attend 'Parts Unknown Last Bite' Live CNN Talk Show hosted by Anthony Bourdain at Atomic Liquors on November 10, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 24280_001_0280.JPG (Photo by Isaac Brekken/WireImage)
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