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Asia Argento’s Latest Tribute to Anthony Bourdain Is Heartbreaking

Actor Asia Argento is still in mourning for her boyfriend, chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain. She appears to still be processing his unexpected tragic death, as evidenced by a new tribute post she put up on her Instagram on Wednesday, which indicates she may be making progress but is by no means done paying tribute to his memory.

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The photo, dated May 27, shows Argento and Bourdain in a car together. Bourdain shields them from the sun with a bright green umbrella while Argento flashes a “rock on” hand sign at the camera. The photo was taken days before Bourdain died by suicide on June 8. 

Argento chose a quote from The Inferno, the first part of an epic poem written by 14th-century Italian poet Dante Alighieri, as a caption. Translated by People magazine, the caption reads, “There is no greater pain than to remember happy days in days of misery; and this thy Leader knows. But if to know the first root of our love so yearning a desire possesses thee, I’ll do as one who weepeth while he speak.”

The quote seems to speak to the profound sense of loss Argento is still feeling, which she has every right to feel. But while her previous posts on Instagram have been steeped in sadness, we’d be willing to go out on a limb and say that this latest, touching tribute post has a bit of hopefulness added to it. 

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Argento has chosen Instagram as the medium through which she issues statements on the passing of Bourdain, rather than speaking to any news outlets. Earlier this week, she shared an article on Twitter wherein Bourdain once spoke of his suicidal thoughts and how he dealt with them, indicating in the caption that she never knew how Bourdain struggled while they were together. 

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