Anthony Bourdain's Ex-Girlfriend Mourns His Passing With Short, Touching Message

It's been very obviously difficult for friends and loved ones of Anthony Bourdain to wrap their heads around his death today, as we've seen, but it's perhaps hardest for those who knew him best -- like ex-girlfriend Paula Froelich.

Froelich, a columnist, mourned the 61-year-old's passing from an apparent suicide by sharing an old picture of the pair to her Instagram account just a few hours ago, along with a short, sweet message about Bourdain.

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Here's what she had to share for the public as she mourned the CNN travel host's death (below):

To a good man, a great friend, a loyal love. That’s all I’m going to say.A post shared by Paula Froelich (@pfro) on Jun 8, 2018 at 5:27am PDT

So sad...

But it wasn't all for Froelich, who later took to Twitter to comment about suicide and depression, as well.

You can read her tweet thread about the issues, and mental health awareness in general, below:

Here’s the thing about depression: it’s a sneaky little, sticky Bitch. You can be rich as hell, totally successful but still lonely AF and the "you’re nothing but a fraud" voice only goes away when the ambien takes effect.
— Paula Froelich 🤔 (@Pfro) June 8, 2018

The problem with that is ambien makes the harsh voice louder in the morning. And there’s only a few you can talk to about it - but even then sparingly because it just gets OLD, doesn’t it? And you become the sad sack ... even though you’re normally so FUN
— Paula Froelich 🤔 (@Pfro) June 8, 2018

And it can take a village of pills, shrinks, empathetic friends, neighbors, to pull you out of a slump - and guess what?! You’re not manic, or some other couch shrink diagnosis you just have. Regular old depression.
— Paula Froelich 🤔 (@Pfro) June 8, 2018

You know because you’ve wondered and went to go get checked out hoping that there was some magic pill somewhere that would make it all better. But no. There’s not.
— Paula Froelich 🤔 (@Pfro) June 8, 2018

It’s lonely, it magnifies everything into something awful, and you don’t know when or if this cycle will end... so it’s also terrifying. And embarrassing. And humiliating - because there’s something wrong with you.
— Paula Froelich 🤔 (@Pfro) June 8, 2018

But take heart in knowing: only the best, funniest, loveliest, most empathetic, wonderful, talented people have depression. You’re in a good crowd. Now. Let’s go fight that black dog. Together.
— Paula Froelich 🤔 (@Pfro) June 8, 2018

Wow. Well said.

That's serious, serious stuff that deserves a second look, and much thought from all of us.

[Image via WENN.]

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