Ottavia Bourdain – who is also known by the surname Busia – took to social media on Tuesday in celebration of her beloved partner who tragically took his own life over a year ago, with a glimpse into what their lives were like.
The beautiful throwback video showed a joyous Bourdain playing with his young daughter Ariane, now 12-years-old, in the swimming pool, the doting dad ducking under the water while his child sits happily on his shoulders. A young Ariane can be heard giggling in delight as her father swims underneath the water.
Ottavia simply captioned the post “#BOURDAINDAY”, a name created by the chef’s close friends Eric Ripert and José Andrés.
The post has received much attention from fans who shared in the emotion of the day by leaving beautiful comments of support for the mother and daughter.
“Adorable,” one person wrote on Instagram. “Tony is sorely missed. I hope you two ladies have a nice day.”
Another said: “I didn’t know him that well and I didn’t know you well… but watching this as a father just makes me cry. Just a beautiful memory.”
While a third added: “I’m tearing up. Beautiful, so beautiful.”
The American celebrity chef, author and TV star, died aged 61 while working in France on a new series of his award-winning travel and food show Parts Unknown in June last year.
CNN, the channel that aired his programs, said that he was found unresponsive in his hotel room by his close friend Eric Ripert, another renowned chef. Bourdain had committed suicide.
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” CNN said in a statement. “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller.
“His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”
Days after Bordain’s tragic death, his mother Gladys Bourdain spoke out about her son. The mum, who was the New York Times’ editor for many years, told the newspaper that Ripert had told her that “Tony had been in a dark mood these past couple of days” as the pair stayed in Kaysersberg, a village the Alsace region of north-eastern France. But there was no indication that Bourdain would attempt to take his own life, his mother said.
“He is absolutely the last person in the world I would have ever dreamed would do something like this,” Gladys told the New York Times. “He had everything … Success beyond his wildest dreams. Money beyond his wildest dreams.”
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