Anthony Bourdain’s toxicology report shows no sign of narcotics

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The New York Times reports that a toxicology report shows “Anthony Bourdain did not have narcotics in his body when he died this month,” according to a French official.

The death of the celebrity chef, who was the star of shows like No Reservations and Parts Unknown, was already ruled a suicide. On June 8, he was found in his hotel room in the French village of Kaysersberg, where he had been shooting an episode of the latter series. The NYT reports, “From an investigative standpoint, the only question left was whether he had any substances in his body. There were none, save for the trace of a nonnarcotic medicine in a therapeutic dose,” according to the local prosecutor in charge of the investigation. In episodes of his series, Bourdain had been open about his past struggles with drugs like heroin and cocaine.


Bourdain’s body was cremated and sent to his younger brother Christopher. His mother, Gladys Bourdain, told the NYT that there will be a small private service. She’s not a fan of tattoos, but plans to get one of the name “Tony” in her son’s honor.

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