Chester Bennington Autopsy Results Released

Singer had traces of alcohol in his system
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 6, 2017 1:09 AM CST
Chester Bennington Autopsy Results Released
Chester Bennington of Linkin Park attends the funeral for Chris Cornell at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Friday, May 26, 2017, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Chester Bennington, the Linkin Park frontman who hanged himself in July, had a small amount of alcohol in his system but urine tests did not detect the drug Ecstasy despite an initial "presumptive positive," according to an autopsy and toxicology report seen by TMZ. The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office report states that a bottle of the prescription drug Zolpidem—the generic version of Ambien—was found in his bedroom, along with with an empty bottle of Stella Artois beer and a pint glass of Corona. The singer, who had long battled depression and alcoholism, told friends before his death that he had been sober for six months, Variety reports.

Chester's widow, Talinda, told authorities that the 41-year-old "would have suicidal ideations after consuming alcohol" and threatened to kill himself in 2006, E! Online reports. She said he was in an outpatient program at the time of his death. "Autopsy findings are characteristic of suicidal hanging," the report states. Authorities said no suicide note was found, though there was a handwritten "apparent biography." (Talinda Bennington, who has been working to raise awareness of mental illness, released a video of Bennington laughing and joking just 36 hours before his death.)

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