Dear Chester, I only realised a few days ago that it’s nearly been a year …
One of the most tragic losses of the year was the untimely death of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington.
UPDATE: Mike Shinoda, co-vocalist of Linkin Park, has informed everyone through Twitter that the original reports of MDMA being found in Chester’s system were incorrect.
His death was initially ruled a suicide by hanging, with subsequent revelations of his history of depression and attempts to take his own life from his wife Talinda.
However, according to post-mortem toxicology results obtained by TMZ, Bennington was inebriated and had MDMA in his system during the time of death. Authorities also found a prescription bottle of Zolpidem (a known treatment for insomnia), a less-than-half full pint glass of Corona, and an empty bottle of Stella Artois at the site.
“On a dresser in the room was a prescription for Zolpidem 10mg containing one tablet broken in half. It was filled on 06/29/2017. Also on this dresser was a one-pint glass bottle of Corona, less than half full,” states a report prepared by Nani Cholakians, an investigator at the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
“On the counter of an attached bathroom was an empty glass bottle of Stella Artois, two bottle caps (Stella and Corona), two pairs of glasses, a wallet and a towel.”
Bennington had previously suffered from addiction, causing him to enter rehab twice in 2006.
Talinda told police that Chester was prescribed anti-depressants from doctors, but did not take them in over a year.
Chester Bennington took his own life on 20th of July this year, which shook the music – and entertainment – industry around the world. He was aged 41.
A coronial report also stated “[A]utopsy findings are characteristic of suicidal hanging. There was a history of suicidal ideation.”
He is survived by his wife, former model Talinda Ann Bentley, and six children, three of which are from a previous relationship.
Chester Bennington tribute concert was held at LA’s Hollywood Bowl on the 27th of October, and led by bandmate Mike Shinoda. Over 30 artists including Blink-182, Oli Sykes, and Steve Aoki were in attendance. All proceeds were donated to the One More Light fund, which helps provide solar panels to health clinics without electricity, and resources for mental health.
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