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French Authorities Release Statement On Anthony Bourdain's Passing

The storied chef, author, and world traveler was found unresponsive in his hotel room on Friday morning.

French Authorities Release Statement On Anthony Bourdain's Death

Following the death of Anthony Bourdain, French authorities have released a statement with more details.

The beloved food documentarian was found unresponsive in his Kaysersberg, France hotel room the morning of June 8. While no immediate cause of death was announced, reports claimed Bourdain died of suicide. Now, local authorities are reassuring followers there is no reason to believe foul play was involved.

"There is no element that makes us suspect that someone came into the room at any moment," prosecutor Christian de Rocquigny told the Associated Press on Friday. According to Rocquigny, there was no sign of violence.

Toxicology tests are currently underway to determine if Bourdain consumed any medications or drugs prior to his passing.


In an interview with People published Friday, Bourdain's mother, Gladys, said her son's friend, Chef Eric Ripert, noticed Bourdain had been "in a dark mood these past couple of days." However, there was no sign he was considering suicide.

Bourdain's partner, Asia Argento, also spoke out via Instagram on Friday.

"Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did," she wrote. "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."

The Italian actress shared a picture of her boyfriend in Hong Kong on May 30, roughly a week before he died.

Rest in peace, Anthony Bourdain.

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