Rose McGowan, American activist, former actress and author has released a letter which reveals that the late Anthony Bourdain battled with depression before he finally committed suicide.
44 year old McGowan, best known to television audiences for her role as Paige Matthews in The WB supernatural drama series is a friend of the late Bourdain’s partner, Asia Argento.
“I know before Anthony died he reached out for help, and yet he did not take the doctor’s advice. And that has led us here, to this tragedy, to this loss, to this world of hurt,” McGowan, 44, wrote in the letter, which Us Weekly obtained via her rep on Monday, June 11.
“Do NOT do the sexist thing and burn a woman on the pyre of misplaced blame,” she continued. “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. 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.”
The Once Upon a Time alum explained that she was writing the letter while sitting across from the “remarkable human and brave survivor” Argento, 42, who began dating Bourdain in 2016 after his split from wife Ottavia Busia. McGowan and the Italian actress have both claimed that they were raped by Harvey Weinstein. (The disgraced movie mogul, 66, has denied any allegations of nonconsensual sex.)