Fourteen days after Anthony Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room due to suicide by asphyxiation, the coroners found small traces of non-narcotic medicine at the therapeutic level in his system. Christian de Rocquigny, a police lieutenant in Paris, France, said to the New York Times on Friday that they never found any illegal substances in his body.
CNN confirmed on the 8th of June that Bourdain had died, stating he killed himself through self-strangulation.
A spokesperson for the organization wrote in a statement shortly after his death that it was “with profound sadness” that they had to announce his passing.
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.
After he passed away, many of his co-workers, friends, and acquaintances took to social media to express their grief at the news of his death. One of those celebrities was Anthony’s girlfriend, Asia Argento – one of the most vocal accusers of Harvey Weinstein.
Argento said that “Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did,” and he was brilliant as well as fearless. Celebrity Insider reported earlier that his mother, Gladys, for the very first time, got a tattoo in commemoration of her late son.
Bourdain’s mother told the New York Times, where she formerly worked as an editor, that she would always chastise him for his tattoos. However, the nature of his death led her to honor him in a way she never considered previously.
Bourdain had his own TV show on CNN called, Parts Unknown, where he traveled around the world and tasted and created various cuisines. His cohorts in the industry credited Anthony with creating a whole new genre of television, one centered around traveling and food.