Anthony Bourdain’s body has been cremated in France, according to reports.
His remains will be returned back to the United States on Friday, People magazine reported.
French prosecutor Christian de Rocquigney de Fayel said that his death was a suicide, and there was nothing to indicate that foul play was involved. That’s why the cremation was allowed, he explained.
“Nothing suggested the involvement of a third person,” Rocquigny said.
Bourdain was found dead in his Paris-area hotel room on Friday, June 8. The 61-year-old celebrity chef and TV host was filming an episode for CNN’s “Parts Unknown.”
His body was discovered by friend and chef Eric Ripert.
Other chefs mourned his loss.
“I know you are on a Ferry going to somewhere amazing,” Chef José Andrés wrote on Twitter. “You still had so many places to show us, whispering to our souls the great possibilities beyond what we could see with our own eyes. You only saw beauty in all people. You will always travel with me.”
His girlfriend, Actress Asia Argento, 42, issued a statement on his death.
“Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did,” she wrote on Twitter. “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.”
— Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) June 8, 2018
His mother, Grace, also issued a statement to the New York Times.
“He is absolutely the last person in the world I would have ever dreamed would do something like this,” Gladys Bourdain told the New York Times. “Tony had been in a dark mood these past couple of days,” Ripert had told Gladys Bourdain after her son’s death, according to the Times.
She added that she had “no idea why” he killed himself.
She explained: “He had everything. Success beyond his wildest dreams. Money beyond his wildest dreams.”
In a statement to People magazine, the U.S. Embassy in Paris wrote: “We can confirm the death of Anthony Bourdain in the Haut-Rhin department of France. We extend our sincere condolences to friends and family. We stand ready to provide appropriate consular service. Out of respect for the family at this difficult time we have no further comment.”
If you’re in an emergency in the US or Canada, please call 911. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255. Young people can call the Kids Help Phone on 1-800-668-6868.