Report claims Anthony Bourdain was narcotic-free when at time of his death

Rodolfo Vieira
Jun 23, 2018
10:09 A.M.
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Anthony Bourdain, the charismatic Chef who traveled around the world in the name of culinary knowledge, didn't have any drugs in his system.


Bourdain took his own life on June 8, 2018, by hanging himself in his hotel room in France, where he was shooting an episode of the TV show Parts Unknown.

Given his history with illegal substances, it was believed that Bourdain might have taken something prior to his death, but according to The New York Times, the late Chef was clean.

Bourdain was a very outspoken person and was never ashamed of his past, during which he claimed, in his 2000 memoir Kitchen Confidential, to have taken every mind-altering substances available as an aspiring Chef in New York City.


Christian de Rocquigny, the local prosecutor in charge of the investigation surrounding Bourdain's case, revealed that the toxicology report didn't display any abnormality other than a 'trace of a nonnarcotic medicine in a therapeutic dose.'

Bourdain, who was 61 years old, didn't have a public memorial service; instead, he was cremated while still in France. Two weeks after losing her son, Gladys Bourdain shared that she plans on getting a tattoo in his honor.


Aside from the fame that he achieved with his cooking shows and expertise related to food, Bourdain was a known lover of ink; he had several tattoos throughout his body, especially in his arms.

That is the reason why Gladys wants to tattoo 'Tony' on her wrist, so she can have a part of her son with her at all times. The grieving mother was never fond of her son's body art, so this will be her first and only tattoo. If you wish to learn more about Anthony Bourdain's life and work, please consider following us on our Twitter account @amomama_usa.