The death of Chester Bennington, the Linkin Park lead singer who inspired countless artists during their brief period spent as one of the music industry’s most bankable acts, shook up more than a few people this past July. His passing was mourned by several hip-hop and R&B greats, from Chance the Rapper to Killer Mike to Rihanna. Now, TMZ has revealed the details of the singer’s autopsy report and, perhaps unsurprisingly, his body contained more than one substance at the time of his death.
Both alcohol and ecstasy are both said to have been in his system when he hanged himself. In addition to those two substances, authorities also found a prescription bottle of Zolpidem, which is a generic sleeping aid, on his dresser. A pint glass of Corona that was less than half-full and an empty bottle of Stella Artois were also found close to the body. Police say they also found traces of the singer’s fingernails underneath his iPhone, which was also recovered from the room. According to Chester’s wife, Talinda, he would do that when he got anxious.
Talinda also stated to the authorities that, although Chester had been prescribed anti-depressants in the past, he hadn’t felt the need to use any in more than a year. What’s more, at least one month prior to his death, Bennington supposedly told his friends that he was sober.
Chester committed suicide on July 20th, hanging himself with a leather belt. The world continues to mourn the loss of a true musical original and, by all accounts, a caring and loving family man as well.