Celebrity chef and CNN host Anthony Bourdain did not have any narcotics in his system at the time of his death, a French judicial official told the New York Times Friday.
The 61-year-old took his life in a hotel room in Kayserberg, France, on June 8 while filming an episode of “Parts Unknown” with his close friend, chef Eric Ripert.
Christian de Rocquigny, the local prosecutor in charge of the investigation, told the publication there was only “a trace of a nonnarcotic medicine in a therapeutic dose” found in his system.
The superstar chef had previously opened up about his past battle with addiction. In 2017, Bourdain told the New Yorker he suffered from a serious drug addiction in the ‘80s while working in New York City restaurants.
The addiction was so severe, he found himself digging for paint chips on his carpet to smoke them, hoping they were pebbles of crack. He also spent one Christmas on the street with a blanket and his beloved record collection for sale.
Bourdain entered rehab and got sober in the early ‘90s, but still drank even when cameras stopped rolling.
“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. “I never was a person who needed a drink. I’ve never felt the urge to. When I’m home it would never occur to me to sit at my house and drink beer, or pour myself a cocktail.”
The New York Times added Bourdain was cremated in France and his remains, as well as his travel belongings, were sent to his younger brother Christopher. His mother Gladys said the family will likely have a small, private ceremony.
“He would want as little fuss as possible,” she said.
Bourdain’s agent Kimberly Witherspoon said there is no plan for a public memorial “at this time.”