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Last month, celebrity chef and famous television personality Anthony Bourdain passed away at the age of 61, in what was deemed an apparent suicide. It was a tragic death surrounded by mystery, and it was an unexpected loss mourned and grieved by many fans, foodies, readers and viewers around the world. And while Bourdain's life and work affected many, it's the celebrity's family and loved ones who are left mourning the most. Even one month later, there are many details left unknown, and it will take a great deal of time to heal.
But one major aspect has now been made clear to the public: who will inherit the celebrity's fortune after his death. As it is being reported, Bourdain's estimated $1.2 million fortune will be primarily going to his 11-year-old daughter and only biological child, according to court reports filed in New York earlier this week.
According to Newsday, Anthony Bourdain last wrote his last will and testament in December 2016, with his wife and the mother of his child, Ottavia Busia-Bourdain, by his side. His wife was named the executor. The couple were still legally married when the chef's body was found in his hotel room in Kayserberg, France, where he was working on his popular CNN series, Parts Unknown. But despite their marriage, Anthony and Ottavia were actually separated amicably that very same year.
At the time of his death, Bourdain was dating actress/activist Asia Argento, but the couple reportedly had no plans of getting married. Even during their separation, Anthony Bourdain and Ottavia Busia-Bourdain remained friends while raised their child together. Because she's still a minor, the court will appoint a guardian ad litem that will represent the daughter's interest when it comes to her inheritance from her father. Meanwhile, the will instructed Ottavia to dispose of and depart from her late husband's frequent flier miles, cars, furnishings and other possessions in a way that she believes he would've wanted. Additionally, likely due to the date it was last amended, it should be noted that Asia Argento was reportedly not mentioned in the documents.
Since his passing, Anthony Bourdain's legacy has been met with several tributes and fond, heartfelt memories. CNN aired the final remaining episodes of Parts Unknown to remember Anthony Bourdain's life and various travels throughout this past month, though it was left unclear what will become of his final episode -- the one the television host was filming when he passed away in the heart of France. Additionally, Netflix renewed their contract for Parts Unknown when it was getting ready to be kicked off the streaming site shortly after his tragic death. Anthony Bourdain's life and enduring legacy still weighs heavily in the hearts of many grieving fans and loved ones.