Anthony Bourdain had no narcotics in his body when he died, a French judicial official has told The New York Times.
The celebrity chef was found dead on June 8 in his hotel room in Kraysersberg, France. Police later ruled Bourdain’s death a suicide by hanging, but it was unclear at the time whether or not he had taken any drugs prior to the suicide.
There were no narcotic substances found in his system, according to French prosecutor Christian de Rocquigny, other than a small trace of a nonnarcotic medicine in a therapeutic dose.
Rocquigny previously told the Associated Press that “There is no element that makes us suspect that someone came into the room at any moment,” adding that a medical expert had concluded that there was no evidence of violence.
Bourdain’s body was discovered by his close friend Eric Ripert, a French chef with whom he was filming his CNN series, “Parts Unknown”. “Anthony was my best friend. An exceptional human being, so inspiring & generous. One of the great storytellers who connected w so many,” Ripert wrote on Twitter. “I pray he is at peace from the bottom of my heart. My love & prayers are also w his family, friends and loved ones.”
Bourdain is survived by his 11-year-old daughter, Ariane, and girlfriend, Asia Argento. See more on his death in the video below.
The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, Depression Hurts and Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868) all offer ways for getting help if you or someone you know is suffering from mental health issues.
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