On Friday, Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme posted a letter on Instagram that the late Anthony Bourdain wrote to his daughter Camille.
Apparently Homme's young daughter—pre-grammar school—was upset when she saw footage from a promo clip of Bourdain smashing a guitar she thought was her daddy's against a tree. In actuality, the guitar was merely a prop.
In the letter, Bourdain apologizes for upsetting her and explains his actions before extolling the virtues of her father, who was also a longtime friend.
In the caption, Homme states, "Tony, I miss you bad…you apologized to a little girl who was defending her daddy. Ariane, this was your father. Humbly yours, Joshua."
The letter quickly went viral and effected fans of both Bourdain and Homme.
Here it is:
Tony, I miss you bad. Once, Camille was so mad at you. She was defending me. & So were you. Defending me. As we had done & would do many times over the years for each other. & you, with great care, such empathy, such sweetness... you apologized to a little girl who was defending her daddy. Ariane, this was your father. Humbly yours, Joshua
The pain from Bourdain's suicide is still fresh and for many, reading the letter just reignited their grief:
Dang it Anthony!! I am still sad and angry and this beautiful letter just makes me cry. Dang it!!!— LindaW (@LLinda_W) June 30, 2018
The letter from Homme to Bourdain’s daughter is just beyond 😫😭— sora🌶🍯 (@skwonaldinho) June 30, 2018
About to go to work, scroll through my twitter, read this note, now I’m ugly crying.— Mr.Sudzy (@MrSudzy) June 30, 2018
WOW. What an incredible person you were Anthony. I would love to have spent five minutes in your Company. Sorely missed in this Troubled World.— betty henderson (@bettyhenderson7) June 30, 2018
Twitter users lamented that Bourdain was unable to get help:
It's so sad that Anthony seemingly had so many good friends around the world but couldn't reach out to anyone of them when he needed to the most.— notanAttorneyatlaw (@therealdbREAL) June 30, 2018
Whatever Anthony Bourdain did will never overshadow his love he poured out while receiving none in it !😥😥😥, My heart is broken at the mention of his name because those who knew him well did not listen??? Why can't we listen????❤️❤️— Freefranzfreeabby@ya (@Freefranzfreea3) June 30, 2018
Regarding the letter, commenters said:
I love that he didn't talk (write) down to her yet kept it simple and sincere. I believe he burned too fast and too bright. He was self-deprecating to a fault but I bet he had a terrible time turning off his mind. Miss him.— Sylvia Socks (@SylviaSocks) June 30, 2018
It’s impossible to read this and not hear Anthony’s voice— Nicole Simone (@nicolesimone) June 29, 2018
His loss is felt by many:
It strikes me that I wish he could have been as kind to himself as he was of others.— Jean Hamilton Laslo (@JeanLaslo) June 30, 2018