Anthony Bourdain's System Did Not Contain Narcotics Upon His Death

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Anthony Bourdain's System Did Not Contain Narcotics Upon His Death

According to a French judicial official (via the New York Times), Anthony Bourdain had no narcotics in his system when he died earlier this month.

Bourdain, a chef, author and television host, was found dead in a hotel bathroom in Kaysersburg, a small village in France near where Bourdain was filming an episode of his CNN food and travel series Parts Unknown. Police ruled his death a suicide by hanging.

In his 2000 memoir Kitchen Confidential, Bourdain was open about his former cocaine and heroin addictions. During a 2014 episode of Parts Unknown, Bourdain returned to Provincetown, Mass., the site of his first cooking job, to examine the impacts of—as well as solutions to—America’s opioid crisis. In the episode, Bourdain states that he purchased his first bag of heroin at 24.

Bourdain was cremated in France. At this point in time, there are no plans for a public memorial for him. “He would want as little fuss as possible,” said Bourdain’s mother, Gladys Bourdain, in a statement to The NYT.

Bourdain was 61. Read Paste’s Amy Glynn-penned love letter to the chef here.

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