Anthony Bourdain Had No Narcotics in System at Time of Death

Lawrence Kim
June 23, 2018

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Anthony Bourdain did not have any narcotics in his system at the time of his death, according to a toxicology report that was revealed to the New York Times by a French official. Bourdain, 61, was found unresponsive by his friend and fellow chef Eric Ripert.

Bourdain had been in Kaysersberg, France, filming his CNN show Parts Unknown with Eric Ripert, the chef of Le Barnardin in NY.

"I was a heroin addict, for sure, and I was a cocaine addict, for sure, but I never stopped drinking", Bourdain told People magazine in February.

"No trace of narcotics, no trace of any toxic products, no trace of medicines, no trace of alcohol", prosecutor Christian de Rocquigny told Reuters on Friday. Brash and opinionated, he had spoken openly about his use of drugs and addiction to heroin earlier in his life.

"He would want as little fuss as possible", she said, telling the Times she plans on getting "Tony" tattooed in small letters on the inside of her wrist as a memorial to her late son.

Just one week after he died, his family had his body cremated in France, and a spokesperson for the news outlet said his family asked for privacy at such a challenging time.

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