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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, June 11, 2018

Anthony Bourdain's Body is Stuck in France Due to Bureaucracy

image from https://s3.amazonaws.com/feather-client-files-aviary-prod-us-east-1/2018-06-11/5586227a-533a-45dd-92e7-7f45085669d3.pngWhile in France, the famous chef Anthony Bourdain unfortunately committed suicide inside of his hotel room at the Le Chambard on Friday. According to his mother, however, the family has not been able to retrieve his body to start the funeral arrangements.

“Listen, I lived there for five years — nothing is done quickly,” said Gladys Bourdain, 83. But even when the body is returned to the states, his mother will not be in charge of services. Bourdain was still legally married to his estranged wife, Ottavia Busia Bourdain, so therefore Ottavia will be in charge of the retrieval and arrangements.

“Although they’re separated, she’ll be in charge of whatever happens,” the mom said. “We haven’t talked for a couple days. I’m sure she’s as broken up as I am.”

See Anthony Bourdain's Mother Says His Body is Stuck in France, Fox News, June 10, 2018.



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