Pros­e­cu­tor: No ev­i­dence of foul play in Bour­dain’s death

French of­fi­cials: Early data point to sui­cide as cause

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - NATION & WORLD 2 -

PARIS — There’s no ev­i­dence of foul play or vi­o­lence in celebrity chef An­thony Bour­dain’s death in a French ho­tel room, a French pros­e­cu­tor said Satur­day. The famed cook, writer and host of the CNN se­ries “Parts Un­known” killed him­self Fri­day in a lux­ury ho­tel in the an­cient vil­lage of Kaysersberg, Chris­tian de Roc­quigny, the pros­e­cu­tor of Col­mar in France’s east­ern Al­sace re­gion, told The As­so­ci­ated Press in a phone in­ter­view.

Roc­quigny said there did not ap­pear to be much plan­ning in the tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity’s sui­cide.

“There is no el­e­ment that makes us sus­pect that some­one came into the room at any mo­ment,” he said, adding that a med­i­cal ex­pert had con­cluded that there were no signs of vi­o­lence on Bour­dain’s body.

Roc­quigny said tox­i­col­ogy tests were be­ing car­ried on Bour­dain’s body, in­clud­ing urine tests, to see if the 61-year-old Amer­i­can took any med­i­ca­tions or other drugs, in an ef­fort to help his fam­ily un­der­stand if any­thing led him to kill him­self.

Olivier Nasti, the chef and owner of Le Cham­bard, the lux­ury ho­tel in Kaysersberg where Bour­dain took his life, paid trib­ute to his col­league Satur­day.

“It is with great re­spect for the leader, the au­thor, the TV en­ter­tainer, the vi­sion­ary An­thony Bour­dain that I ex­press all my con­do­lences to his fam­ily and to the anony­mous peo­ple around the world who he made dream so much,” Nasti said Satur­day.

“It is the whole fam­ily of French gas­tron­omy that joins me, to re­new our deep friend­ship to our be­reaved Amer­i­can broth­ers,” he added.

In New York, mean­while, HarperCollins Pub­lish­ing an­nounced that Bour­dain’s book im­print will be dis­con­tin­ued af­ter the re­main­ing works un­der con­tract come out.

An­thony Bour­dain Books was founded in 2011 and re­leased through the Harper im­print Ecco. The im­print had re­leased works by Daniel Vaughan and Mar­i­lyn Hagerty, among oth­ers.

A HarperCollins of­fi­cial told The As­so­ci­ated Press that fu­ture books from his im­print will in­clude “We Fed An Is­land” by Jose An­dres, the chef widely praised for his ef­forts to feed Puerto Ri­cans af­ter Hur­ri­cane Maria.


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