Anthony Bourdain’s tragic final texts revealed in new book – says celeb chef ‘spent last days on steroids & drinking’

ANTHONY Bourdain’s heartbreaking final texts have been revealed in an unauthorized new biography which claims the celebrity chef spent his final days on steroids and drinking.

Down and Out in Paradise: The Life of Anthony Bourdain reportedly shares some of the star’s final messages with ex Asia Argento just hours before he killed himself.

Anthony Bourdain, 61, (left) dated actress Asia Agrento, 47, (right)


Anthony Bourdain, 61, (left) dated actress Asia Agrento, 47, (right)Credit: John Salangsang/Invision/AP
Before Bourdain's suicide in 2018, he received a text from his former lover, Argento, asking him to 'stop busting my balls'


Before Bourdain’s suicide in 2018, he received a text from his former lover, Argento, asking him to ‘stop busting my balls’Credit: The Mega Agency

The couple began dating in 2017 but actress Argento reportedly dumped him in 2018 after he complained about her being photographed dancing with a French journalist, Hugo Clement, in the lobby of Hotel de Russie in Rome.

He took his own life shortly after.

The book reveals that Argento texted Bourdain the day he hung himself in a French hotel room in June of 2018 while filming for his CNN show called Parts Unknown.

In their final text exchange, which The New York Times obtained from Leerhsen, Bourdain asked: “Is there anything I can do?”

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She then said: “Stop busting my balls.”

He replied: “Ok” and then committed suicide that day at the age of 61.

The U.S. Sun reached out to Simon & Schuster and Argento’s reps for a comment, but has not received one by the time of publication.

The biography blames Bourdain’s “possessiveness” over Argento for the split.

Down and Out in Paradise also reveals the famous chef was deeply lonely and spent his final days on steroids and drinking.

Bourdain was on steroids, drinking till he blacked out, sleeping with prostitutes, and wasn’t involved in his 11-year-old daughter, Ariane’s life, according to the book.

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He also complained to his ex-wife, Ottavia Busia-Bourdain, 57, about his fans in a text message.

He said: “I hate my fans, too. I hate being famous. I hate my job.”

“I am lonely and living in constant uncertainty.”


Bourdain also told his ex-wife that he was “hopelessly in love” with Argento.

However, the biography claims that Argento became controlling and that she scrutinized Bourdain and his ex-wife’s social media accounts.

She’d blow up if she saw pictures of Bourdain with his family, according to the book.

Busia-Bourdain reportedly told her ex-husband before an upcoming Father’s Day: “You didn’t want me to put a pic that had you in it because Asia would freak out and I have a feeling that will not change anytime soon. 

“I’m tired of pretending I don’t know you. Or that we are never in the same place,” she said, according to the biography.

Bourdain said back: “I feel you. But I was being honest. The pap [arazzi] situation is horrendous. 

“Since I left you guys, though, she’s freaking out.”


In September of 2018, Argento broke her silence and talked to the Daily Mail about Bourdain.

People reportedly accused her of murdering her lover by dancing publicly with Clement just days before Bourdain’s death.

“He cheated on me too. It wasn’t a problem for us,” she told the Mail.

“But I understand that the world needs to find a reason. I would like to find a reason too. I don’t have it.”

“Maybe I would feel some solace in thinking there was something that happened.”

Bourdain defended Argento and paid off Jimmy Bennett after the young actor demanded 3.5 million from Argento after claiming she sexually assaulted him when he was 17 and she was 37 back in 2013.

The chef also slammed Harvey Weinstein, who Argento has publicly accused of sexually assaulting her before.


The book paints the troubled chef in a damning light, but family and friends insist it’s riddled with inaccuracies.

“Every single thing he writes about relationships and interactions within our family as kids and as adults he fabricated or got totally wrong,” Christopher, Bourdain’s brother, told NYT.

Argento had told NYT she tried to stop author Charles Leerhsen from publishing her comments, saying: “I wrote clearly to this man that he could not publish anything I said to him.”

However, Leerhsen claims Argento told him in an email exchange: “It is always Judas who writes the biography.”

He adds that he found plenty of people willing to speak because they had been “left behind” by the chef-turned-travel reporter.

“A lot of people were willing to talk to me because they were left behind by Tony and by the Tony train,” Leerhsen told NYT.

The publishing company Simon & Schuster are backing up the book and it’s set to be released on October 11.

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Although it is unknown if Busia-Bourdain provided the texts used in the biography, she controls his estate, which includes the messages that Leerhsen received.

Busia-Bourdain has not opposed the book’s publication.

Argento was accused of allegedly sexually assaulting young actor Jimmy Bennett when he was 17 and she was 37


Argento was accused of allegedly sexually assaulting young actor Jimmy Bennett when he was 17 and she was 37Credit: Refer to Caption

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.

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