Despite never being a fan of her son’s tattoos, Anthony Bourdain’s mom will be getting inked up for the first time to pay tribute to her late son.
Two weeks after the celebrity chef was found dead in his hotel room in France, Gladys Bourdain spoke to the New York Times and revealed that she will be getting “Tony” tattooed in small letters on the inside of her wrist.
Gladys, who is a former editor at the Times, said that she will be visiting her son’s tattoo artist next week.
The “Parts Unknown” host, 61, was found dead in Kaysersberg on June 8. Police ruled his death suicide by hanging. The Times article states that a toxicology report found no traces of narcotics in his system at the time of his death.
Bourdain was cremated in France and, according to the Times, his remains were sent to his younger brother, Christopher. A private memorial service will be held in due course.
“He would want as little fuss as possible,” Gladys said.
Gladys had previously opened up to the Times about her son’s sudden death. “He is absolutely the last person in the world I would have ever dreamed would do something like this,” she said.
“He had everything,” she continued. “Success beyond his wildest dreams. Money beyond his wildest dreams.”
On Friday, Bourdain’s girlfriend Asia Argento also paid tribute, sharing a photo of the two of them in happier times. “Two weeks without you,” she wrote alongside the photo.
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.