The investigation into the suicide of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington on July 20 has been concluded. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office confirmed its initial ruling, which was death by hanging.
Based on the toxicology portion of the autopsy report, which was obtained by TMZ, Bennington’s blood tested “presumptive positive” for methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA). However, the drug was not detected after two subsequent tests leading to a conclusion that the late Linkin Park singer was not under the influence of drugs when he died.
Commonly known as ecstasy, MDMA is a psychoactive drug whose recreational effects include heightened sensation, increased empathy and euphoria. On the other hand, this recreation drug has adverse effects including depression, fatigue, addiction, paranoia, memory problems, rapid heartbeat, teeth grinding, sweating, blurred vision and insomnia.
Based on the autopsy report on Bennington’s death, a prescription bottle of Zolpidem was found near Bennington’s body but it was not detected in the toxicology screen. It was reported that he occasionally used the sedative, which is sold as the brand name Ambien primarily used to treat insomnia.
A small amount of alcohol was present in Bennington’s system, as well. Authorities found a half-empty bottle of Corona beer, an empty bottle of Stella Artois nearby and pieces of fingernail underneath his iPhone and on a table in the bedroom.
Bennington’s wife Talinda Bentley told the police that her late husband was currently in an outpatient treatment program. She said he had been previously prescribed anti-depressants, but he had not taken them for more than a year.
According to Bentley, Bennington had a history of depression and suicide attempts. There was one time in 2006 when he left the house with a gun while heavily intoxicated.
Meanwhile, Linkin Park currently has five members namely Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, Mike Shinoda, Dave Farrell and Joe Hahn. A week before Bennington committed suicide, he taped an episode of the Apple Music series “Carpool Karaoke” with Hahn, Shinoda and “Dr. Ken” star Ken Jeong.
What a video of the Linkin Park song “Crawling” here: