Rose McGowan said Anthony Bourdain didn’t “take the doctor’s advice” in his depression struggle as she defended his girlfriend Asia Argento.
“I know before Anthony [Bourdain] died he reached out for help, and yet he did not take the doctor’s advice,” the 44-year-old actress wrote in a lengthy letter Monday, according to Deadline. “And that has led us here, to this tragedy, to this loss, to this world of hurt.”
The host of CNN’s “Parts Unknown” was found dead in his hotel room in France last week of an apparent suicide.
“Do NOT do the sexist thing and burn a woman on the pyre of misplaced blame,” she added of her friend Argento. “Anthony’s internal war was his war, but now she’s been left on the battlefield to take the bullets.”
“It is in no way fair or acceptable to blame her or anyone else, not even Anthony,” she continued. “We are asking you to be better, to look deeper, to read and learn about mental illness, suicide and depression before you make it worse for survivors by judging that which we do not understand, that which can never fully be understood.”
“Anthony’s depression didn’t let him, he put down his armor, and that was very much his choice,” the “Charmed” star explained. “His decision, not hers. His depression won. Anthony and Asia had a free relationship, they loved without borders of traditional relationships, and they established the parameters of their relationship early on. Asia is a free bird, and so was Anthony. Was. Such a terrible word to write. I’ve heard from many that the past two years they were together were some of his happiest and that should give us all solace.”
“From @AsiaArgento to all of you. This is in regards to an open letter I wrote at her behest. Be on the lookout for the essay please. It’s an important one. Much love to the hurting hearts, R,” McGowan later captioned her post on Instagram, along with a screenshot of a note from Argento.