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Anthony Bourdain's Daughter Pays Moving Tribute to Her Mother Ottavia Busia

Anthony Bourdain's 12-year-old daughter Ariane Bourdain honored his estranged wife on Mother's Day in a way that honored her late father, too.

By Alesandra Dubin
Anthony Bourdain, Ottavia Busia, Ariane Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain's daughter, Ariane, was 11 years old when her father died in France by suicide nearly one year ago. Soon after his death, Bourdain's estranged wife, Ottavia Busia shared an update explaining that the couple's daughter was managing to be "so strong and brave" in the wake of the tragedy. And in honor of Mother's Day, Ariane paid a tribute to her remaining parent in a manner that seemed even more meaningful — because it's an approach that would have made her father especially proud, too.

She created a hand-drawn card for her mom, depicting Busia in a range of super-hero-esque scenarios, comic book style. 

“Best Mom Ottavia. She cooks, she draws, she cleans, but most importantly, she’s a super mom!” Ariana wrote, as shown in Busia's Instagram Stories. 

It's a fitting tribute — and one that honors the late Bourdain at the same time as it celebrates Busia: Bourdain was a graphic novelist, as well as a chef, TV host, and the many other talents he expressed in his life.

Ariane was Bourdain's only child, and he was deeply devoted to her. He left the bulk of his estate to her.

A new book about Bourdain, out later this month, was originally meant as a "keepsake" to his daughter.

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