Anthony Bourdain’s Death: Toxicology Report Reveals No Narcotics in Chef’s System
Anthony Bourdain's toxicology report has determined the famous chef had no narcotics in his system when he died of an apparent suicide, a French prosecutor told The New York Times.
The statement arrives several weeks after the CNN personality was discovered unresponsive in a hotel bathroom by his friend, chef Eric Ripert, in Kayserberg, France, on June 8, where the two were shooting new episodes of Bourdain's Netflix show, Parts Unknown. He was 61.
According to the publication, Bourdain's passing was ruled "suicide by hanging" by police. The investigation found that the culinary hero's body bore no substances in his body that would have assisted his death — "save for a trace of a nonnarcotic medicine in a therapeutic dose," local prosecutor in charge Christian de Rocquigny confirmed.
Upon the news of the globe-trotter's untimely passing, celebrities flocked to social media to pay tribute to the departed icon.
“I know you are on a Ferry going to somewhere amazing… You still had so many places to show us, whispering to our souls the great possibilities beyond what we could see with our own eyes," tweeted Bourdain's longtime friend and chef, José Andrés. "You only saw beauty in all people. You will always travel with me.”
On the behalf of Bourdain's partner, Asia Argento, actress Rose McGowan penned a poignant open letter in remembrance of the beloved author.
In the week following his death, Bourdain was cremated in France, with his travel belongings inherited by his younger brother and only sibling, Christopher. Bourdain is survived by his daughter, Ariane, born in 2007.
People struggling with suicidal thoughts are advised to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources