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Funeral plans are currently on hold as Bourdain’s body remains in France due to bureaucratic red tape.

Cailey Rizzo
June 12, 2018

In the immediate days following Anthony Bourdain’s death, fans are searching for ways to pay homage to the chef-turned-writer-turned-TV host.

Funeral plans are currently on hold as Bourdain’s body remains in France due to bureaucratic red tape. “They won’t be shipping his remains back for a couple of days because of formalities,” Bourdain’s mom, Gladys, told the New York Post.

Funeral arrangements are in the hands of Bourdain’s ex-wife, Ottavia Busia, as she is legally next of kin. Busia and Bourdain separated in 2016 but never officially divorced. They have an 11-year-old daughter together, Ariane Bourdain.

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On Instagram, Busia posted a picture of their daughter, writing, “She was amazing. So strong and brave. She wore the boots you bought her. I hope you are having a good trip, wherever you are.”

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

Bourdain was dating Italian actress and director Asia Argento at the time of his death. In a statement on Twitter, Argento said she was “beyond devastated.” “My thoughts are with his family,” she wrote.

Bourdain's remains are in Alsace, France after investigators performed toxicology reports “solely to give the family more information about the motivations and the cause of death,” Christian de Rocquigny, the local prosecutor in charge of the investigation in Alsace, told the New York Times. “We have no indication that he was consuming alcohol the days before his death or changed his behavior.”

In the meantime, impromptu Bourdain memorials are popping up all over the world. One memorial was created outside Brasserie Les Halles in New York City, the restaurant where he worked as executive chef while writing his breakout book, “Kitchen Confidential.”

A smaller memorial has begun to form at CNN Center in Atlanta.

And restaurant owners around the world who were impacted by a visit from Bourdain are also paying tribute. Bún Chả Hương Liên in Hanoi, Vietnam — where Bourdain famously dined with President Barack Obama — posted about their gratitude for his visit. The plastic stools where the two Americans sat are now preserved behind glass.

Cooks in Philadelphia met up for an impromptu Bourdain barbecue; Mac’s Club Deuce, a famous dive bar in Miami, held a Friday night memorial; Xi’an Famous Foods, a Szechuan restaurant in New York City, donated its net sales on Friday to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Over the weekend, CNN aired tribute programming to Bourdain, including a heartfelt segment from Anderson Cooper.

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