Joyous Anthony Bourdain is all smiles as he swims with his young daughter in birthday tribute

A beaming Anthony Bourdain enjoys a swim with his daughter Ariane in a video posted by his wife Ottavia Busia on Tuesday.

Bourdain was remembered by friends and family on social media in honor of #BourdainDay, a celebration of the beloved chef on what would have been his 63rd birthday.

It has been a little overa year since Bourdain was found hanged in his hotel room by his good friend and fellow chef Eric Ripert.

He had been in Kaysersberg, France shooting an episode of his popular CNN series Parts Unknown at the time.   

Ripert was among those who posted a tribute to the Emmy-winning host, writing: ‘A true Legend… Anthony, my Dear friend… Happy Birthday! The world wishes you Peace & Love on your journey #BourdainDay.’

Padma Lakshmi also remembered Bourdain by posting a picture of the chef in his younger years and saying: ‘Some heroes don’t wear capes… we miss your wit, my friend. #bourdainday.’


Bourdain swims

Daddy and daughter: Ottavia Busia posted a video of her late husband Anthony Bourdain swimming with their then-toddler daughter Ariane (above) on Instagram

Family: She shared the video on #BourdainDay, a celebration of the beloved chef on what would have been his 63rd birthday,

Family: She shared the video on #BourdainDay, a celebration of the beloved chef on what would have been his 63rd birthday,

Busia posted a photo last year of the couple’s then-11-year-old daughter Ariane performing at a concert over the weekend, just days after the death of her father.

‘Our little girl had her concert today. She was amazing. So strong and brave. She wore the boots you bought her. I hope you are having a good trip, wherever you are,’ wrote Ottavia Busia.

In the photo, Ariane could be seen singing into a microphone as she stood in front of her band wearing a pair of black platform boots with studs and spikes. 

Busia and Bourdain divorced in 2016 after nine years of marriage but remained close, and in the wake of his death Busia added his name to her Instagram profile. 

Bourdain opened up about his relationship with Busia in a 2016 interview with The New Yorker.

He was interviewed for the story while shooting the now-famous episode of his CNN series Parts Unknown in Hanoi, Vietnam with President Barack Obama.

There is a good deal of talk about how difficult it was for Bourdain to maintain a relationship because he was always away and working on the show.

Then, in an email to the writer of the story a few months after the interview, he said the the two were calling it quits, writing: ‘It’s not much of a change of lifestyle, as we have lived separate lives for many years. More of a change of address.’

He went on to write, jokingly: ‘She’s an interesting woman. I admire her choices. But I married Sophia Loren. She turned into Jean-Claude Van Damme.’

Bourdain also wrote that he was happy the couple no longer had to ‘pretend.’

The two were set up by Ripert, who employed Ottavia at his restaurant Le Bernardin in New York City. 

Bourdain said that he never saw himself as a father but the two decided after some time together to give it a try, and Ottavia was soon pregnant.

The same year that they were married the couple welcomed daughter Ariane.

‘I’m shocked by how happy my daughter is. I don’t think I’m deluding myself. I know I’m a loving father,’ said Bourdain in that interview.

He then added however: ‘Do I wish sometimes that, in an alternative universe, I could be the patriarch, always there? Tons of kids? Grandkids running around? Yes. And it looks good to me. But I’m pretty sure I’m incapable of it.’

He was dating actress Asia Argento at the time of his death, and had been married to Nancy Putkoski for 20 years prior to Busia.

Bourdain and Argento did not have a traditional relationship however according to Rose McGowan.

The actress released an open letter after travelling to Italy to be by Argento’s side in the wake of Borudain’s death.

‘Anthony and Asia had a free relationship, they loved without borders of traditional relationships, and they established the parameters of their relationship early on.’

McGowan went on to say: ‘Asia is a free bird, and so was Anthony.’ 

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