Anthony Bourdain reached out for help before suicide, Rose McGowan reveals
The actress turned activist has been speaking out about depression and suicide since the celebrity chef took his own life.
Rose McGowan has stated in an open letter that Anthony Bourdain sought out professional help before he committed suicide by hanging himself in his hotel room in France on Friday, June 8.
Sadly, she explained that although he did get help, he was unwilling to follow the doctor's advice, leading to his tragic and unnecessary death.
On top of defending Bourdain, McGowan also spoke about his girlfriend, Asia Argento, and begged people not to blame the Italian actress for Bourdain's decision either.
"Do NOT do the sexist thing and burn a woman on the pyre of misplaced blame. Anthony’s internal war was his war, but now [Argento has] 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 wrote.
Argento was recently photographed holding hands with French reporter Hugo Clement, but the images have since been removed from the web.
McGowan and Argento were both strong advocates of the #MeToo movement, having both claimed to have been raped by Harvey Weinstein, along with numerous other women.
McGowan explained that she was writing the letter while sitting across from Argento, who had asked her to share the truth about Bourdain's situation in his final days.
"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 wrote.
Argento has also suffered from depression, but McGowan stated that she had sought help and had taken the advice of all her doctors, wanting to fight each day to survive for both her own sake and for the sake of her children.
"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," McGowan said.
McGowan seems quite conflicted by the death, having spoken out on numerous occasions since the news broke, sometimes saddened by his decision, and other times angry at his final choice.
“Anthony I am so mad at you,” McGowan wrote. “You were so loved, the world is not better without you. I have a message for those considering suicide as a solution to a temporary problem. Please call a hotline. Please reach out. Asia needed you, Anthony. We needed you. Please come back.”