Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Anthony Bourdain had no drugs in his system at time of death

Anthony Bourdain had no drugs in his system at time of death

Bourdain took his own life in his hotel room in France at the age of 61.

Throughout his career, Bourdain had been open about his past struggles with substance abuse, admitting in a 2014 episode of Parts Unknown that focused on the opioid epidemic that he bought his first bag of heroin on the Lower East Side in 1980 when he was 24 years old. The death was ruled suicide by hanging, and a toxicology report was ordered.

The news was confirmed in a text to The New York Times from Christian de Rocquigny, the local prosecutor in charge of the investigation.

A French official has said that there were no narcotics in Bourdain's system other than a trace amount of a nonnarcotic medicine in a therapeutic dose.


RadarOnline.com previously revealed that Bourdain had hung himself with a belt. from a bathrobe while he was alone in his bathroom.

"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.

Bourdain entered rehab and got sober in the early '90s, but still drank even when cameras stopped rolling.

Anthony Bourdain was cremated in France, and his remains and travel belongings were sent to his younger brother, Christopher Bourdain. Furthermore, his mother told The New York Times that she plans on getting a tattoo of the name "Tony" on her wrist by the same artist who inked her son.

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