Anthony Bourdain's Toxicology Report Reveals One Substance

Late culinary star only had a dose of nonnarcotic medicine
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2018 11:40 AM CDT
French Prosecutor Reveals Bourdain Toxicology Report
Anthony Bourdain is seen in New York York City in this file photo.   (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

With French police calling Anthony Bourdain's death a suicide, only one investigative question remained: What substances were in his body? The answer: none, save a therapeutic dose of nonnarcotic medicine, a French prosecutor tells the New York Times. "No trace of narcotics. No trace of any toxic products," says the prosecutor, per Reuters. The late celebrity chef, 61, had talked openly about his past substance abuse but said he had cleaned up in rehab in the 1990s and drank without any problems since, per People. Now Bourdain's family will likely hold a private ceremony with his ashes, his mother Gladys Bourdain tells the Times. "He would want as little fuss as possible," she says.

Gladys never much liked his tattoos, which reflected his culinary adventures, but she's decided to get one herself—the word "Tony" on her inner wrist in small letters. She plans to use her son's tattoo artist and says she won't get any other tattoos. As news broke Friday of the French toxicology test, Today reports, Italian actress Asia Argento posted an Instagram photo of the pair smiling in front of sun-drenched water: "Two weeks without you," she wrote. (Rose McGowan wants people to stop blaming Argento for his suicide.)

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