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After Anthony Bourdain died by suicide on June 8 in France, he left many unanswered questions for loved ones, colleagues, and fans around the world. Today, results of the toxicology tests performed on the chef's body reveal a key answer.
A French judicial official told The New York Times that Bourdain did not have narcotics in his body when he died. The Times reports that there was only a “trace of a nonnarcotic medicine in a therapeutic dose” found in his body at the time of his death, though his previous problems with addiction were well known and he often spoke of them himself.
"Police at the time ruled his death a suicide by hanging. From an investigative standpoint, the only question left was whether he had any substances in his body," The Times noted. "There were none, save for the trace of a nonnarcotic medicine in a therapeutic dose, Christian de Rocquigny, the local prosecutor in charge of the investigation, said in a text message to The New York Times."
Close friend and colleague Eric Ripert discovered Bourdain unresponsive in France following his death.
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