Anthony Bourdain’s funeral plans are momentarily postponed as the body of the celebrity chef is yet to be brought back to the U.S. from France.
Gladys Bourdain, the mother of the CNN star, told on Sunday, June 10 to the New York Post’s Page Six, that the French government is yet to make the final arrangements.
“They won’t be shipping his remains back for a couple of days because of formalities,” Gladys told Page Six.
As reported earlier, the Parts Unknown host, 61 years old, was not responding in his room at the Le Chambard Hotel in France by his friend and companion chef Eric Ripert. Later the cause of death has been referred to as suicide by hanging himself with a hotel bathrobe and there was no proof of any crime as confirmed by the French authorities.
Ottavia Busia, the alienated wife of Bourdain, is looking after the funeral plans because she is still legally his next of kin, Gladys told Page Six.
“Although they’re separated, she’ll be in charge of whatever happens,” she said. “We haven’t talked for a couple days. I’m sure she’s as broken up as I am.”
The erstwhile No Reservations host and Busia were in wedlock for nine years before separating in 2016 and has a daughter Ariane, 11 years old. He was courting actress and director Asia Argento at the time of his death.
Bourdain’s mother quoted in an interview with The New York Times on Friday saying that there had been no sign that her son was pondering over suicide.
“He is absolutely the last person in the world I would have ever dreamed would do something like this,” she said.
Ripert, who was in France to shoot for a forthcoming episode of Parts Unknown with Bourdain, told Gladys that, “Tony had been in a dark mood” in the days before his death.