- Publish Date
- Saturday, 23 June 2018, 8:48AM
Toxicology texts show Anthony Bourdain had no narcotics in his system when he killed himself earlier this month, according to a French official.
The DailyMail say celebrity chef was found dead in his hotel bathroom in Kaysersberg, France on June 8, when he failed to show up for breakfast while shooting an episode of his CNN show 'Parts Unknown' in the picturesque Alsace town.
Police ruled his death suicide by hanging.
Christian de Rocquingny, the local prosecutor in charge of the investigation, texted the New York Times on Friday, saying that there were no drugs in the 61-year-old's system, other than a nonnarcotic medicine in a therapeutic dose.
In his memoir, Kitchen Confidential, and on his TV show, Bourdain had been candid about his struggle with drug abuse.
He battled additions with cocaine, heroin and other drugs while working as a chef in New York City in the 1980s, but got clean around 1990.
Bourdain's remains were cremated in France, and were sent, along with his travel possessions, to his younger brother Christopher, the Times reported.
His mother Gladys told the paper that the family plans to have a small memorial service.
'He would want as little fuss as possible,' she said.
At the time of his death, Bourdain was still married to his second wife, Ottavia, the mother of his only child - 11-year-old Ariane.
However, the couple had been separated since 2016, and shortly after Bourdain started dating actress Asia Argento.
As news of the toxicology report broke on Friday, Argento posted a picture of her with Bourdain to her Instagram, writing 'two weeks without you'.
Three days before Bourdain was found hanged in his French hotel room, where he'd been filming the latest episode of Parts Unknown, Argento had been photographed with journalist Hugo Clement in Rome.
The pair were photographed hugging, holding hands and smiling as they strolled through the Italian capital.
They were later seen dancing together and sharing a close embrace in an Italian bar. The photos have since been taken down by the photographer in question.
Since his death, friends have spoken out to say that they were concerned about Bourdain's relationship with Argento.
'He would have done anything for her, and that was a little red flag for some of his friends,' a source told People. 'Like, he was crazy in love with her, crazy being the keyword.'
After his death, Bourdain and Argento's friend Rose McGowan has defended the actress saying the couple had a 'free' relationship.
In an open letter, McGowan wrote: 'Anthony and Asia had a free relationship, they loved without borders of traditional relationships, and they established the parameters of their relationship early on.'
McGowan goes on to say: 'Asia is a free bird, and so was Anthony.'
Argento gave a heartbreaking statement about the loss of in the hours after Bourdain's suicide where she referred to him as 'my love, my rock, my protector.'
'Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did. His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds. He was my love, my rock, my protector. I am beyond devastated. My thoughts are with his family. I would ask that you respect their privacy and mine.'
Where to get help:
• Lifeline: 0800 543 354 (available 24/7)
• Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) (available 24/7)
• Youthline: 0800 376 633
• Kidsline: 0800 543 754 (available 24/7)
• Whatsup: 0800 942 8787 (1pm to 11pm)
• Depression helpline: 0800 111 757 (available 24/7)
If it is an emergency and you feel like you or someone else is at risk, call 111.
This article was first published on nzherald.co.nz and is republished here with permission.