Bourdain, whose career catapulted him from washing dishes at NY restaurants to dining in Vietnam with former U.S. president Barack Obama, took his own life in a hotel room near Strasbourg, France earlier in June. The findings: The Parts Unknown host and best-selling author was not under the influence of narcotics in the hours before he died by suicide.
There was a trace of a nonnarcotic medicine in a therapeutic dose found in his system. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly hard time'.
Bourdain, whose career catapulted him from washing dishes at NY restaurants to dining in Vietnam with former U.S. president Barack Obama, was once called "the original rock star" of the culinary world, "the Elvis of bad boy chefs".
Meanwhile, the chef's mother Gladys Bourdain plans to honor her son with a small tattoo on her inside wrist simply reading "Tony".
He had huge success with his books including Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, A Cook's Tour and The Nasty Bits; while his food articles have been featured in many places including the New York Times, The New Yorker, Esquire and Maxim. Bourdain, 61, was found unresponsive by his friend and fellow chef Eric Ripert. His girlfriend, Italian actress Asia Argento, was one of the main accusers against Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein.