Anthony Bourdain’s toxicology report contains shocking details
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Anthony Bourdain’s toxicology report contains shocking details

A toxicology report shows that Anthony Bourdain had little or no substances in his system at the time of his death. “No signs of drugs. No traces of any toxic products,” French prosecutor Christian de Rocquingny told Reuters (via CBC). The celebrity chef’s blood results only tested positive for traces of alcohol and non-narcotic drugs “at a therapeutic dose,” meaning he took just enough to get the desired effect.

Bourdain has spoken openly about his struggles with addiction. “We were high all the time… It was hard to make a decision without drugs,” he wrote in his best-selling 2000 book, Kitchen Confidential. Although he took every drug available, Bourdain was particularly addicted to heroin. He knew he was lucky to have survived the addiction after he was able to quit without having to go to rehab. “I should have died at twenty,” he told in 2016 (via CNBC ).

In Kitchen Confidential, he recalls riding in a taxi with three friends after reading an article that stated that only one in four addicts recovers. “And I knew right away that if one of us got off the drugs and stayed off them, that would be it I” – he wrote. But he continued to drink, often in large quantities – even on TV. “How many heroin addicts just stop using without going to rehab and continue drinking? It’s like you’re glossing over the real issues,” director Morgan Neville, who produced “Roadrunner: The Anthony Bourdain Movie,” told Vanity Fair.

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