CNN television host Anthony Bourdain’s suicide has left the nation in shock, and his girlfriend Asia Argento has released a statement on Twitter. Stating she is devastated over Bourdain’s death, she asked the media to respect her privacy as well as Bourdain’s family’s privacy as they come to terms with their grief and loss.
In Asia’s Twitter statement she described Anthony Bourdain as her love, her rock, and her protector. Anthony Bourdain left behind an 11-year-old daughter, two ex-wives, numerous friends and countless fans who regularly watched his television shows.
Though Asia Argento requested privacy for his family and herself, many media outlets are searching for information as to what led up to Bourdain’s fatal decision. People are scouring over Argento’s media accounts looking for clues and information that may tell them what was going through Bourdain’s mind during his final moments.
But is this the correct response to a celebrity’s suicide?
When we use social media to continually and publicly discuss theories as to what was going on in someone’s life that led them to this decision, we need to ask ourselves is this the way we should be as a human community.
Should we as a whole focus on suicide prevention instead of publicly hashing around ideas and theories that will ultimately cause Bourdain’s family and friends even more pain?
You may see an example of theories that are populating social media in wake of Anthony Bourdain’s death in the tweet below.
Anthony Bourdain killed himself because of this pictures of Asia Argento with Hugo Clement. They spent the weekend together in Rome. More romantic than friendly, isnt it? pic.twitter.com/ybRUfRomWd
— CQ lo (@_Cqlo) June 8, 2018
This is not the time to focus on why Bourdain took his life or suggest theories. Instead it the time to discuss suicide prevention.
When a celebrity commits suicide a public platform arises that gives people an open audience to discuss the topic. It is more respectful to the grieving family to discuss suicide prevention and awareness then it is to look for information focusing on the particular case of their loved one.
Warning signs do vary but most people who commit suicide isolate themselves and may have an increase in addiction, substance abuse, or anxiety. People who feel trapped, alone and despondent are at risk of suicide, regardless of their financial situation, fame, or how many people love and care for them.
If you suspect someone is in danger of harming themselves, call resources and if you don’t have time to find one, you can always call 911 and report that someone is in distress.