Anthony Bourdain Did Not Have Drugs in System at Time of Death, French Official Says

Author and TV host died by suicide earlier this month

Anthony Bourdain was free of drugs at the time of his death, a French official told the New York Times on Friday.

The local prosecutor in charge of the investigation, Christian de Rocquigny, texted The Times to say that there were no substances in Bourdain’s body, “save for the trace of a nonnarcotic medicine in a therapeutic dose.” Police ruled the celebrity chef’s death a suicide by hanging, according to the New York Times.

Bourdain died on June 8 while filming an episode of CNN’s “Parts Unknown” in Strasbourg, France.

“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” the network said in a statement at the time. “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”

Bourdain’s death rocked his family, fans, and other celebrities. His girlfriend Asia Argento said that she is “beyond devastated.”

“Anthony gave all of himself in everything he did,” she said in an Instagram post after his death. “His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds. He was my love, my rock, my protector. I am beyond devastated. My thoughts are with his family. I would ask that you respect their privacy and mine.”

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