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Chester Bennington: Linkin Park frontman's autopsy report released

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington was not under the influence of alcohol and drugs when he died, a coroner’s report confirms.

A Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office report – obtained by E! News – reveals that the singer, who died by suicide in July, did test “presumptive positive” for ecstasy, however, two additional tests failed to detect the drug.

Bennington did also have minor traces of alcohol in his system at the time of his death.

The report states that his wife Talinda told authorities that Bennington “would have suicidal ideations after consuming alcohol” and that an “apparent biography” written by the singer was found in his bedroom. She also revealed that he made a suicide threat back in 2006. 

Bennington was found dead in his Los Angeles home on the 53rd birthday of his close friend Chris Cornell, the Soundgarden frontman who died by suicide in May – a fact prevention experts believe may bear some importance. The Nu-metal pioneer’s was confirmed as suicide by hanging.

His final purchase later led many to believe he may have been setting up his wife and six children for life ahead of his death.

Following his passing, Bennington’s Linkin Park band mates created a suicide prevention website where fans can leave their own tributes as well as seek advice should they need it.

For confidential support on mental health call Samaritans free from any phone, at any time, on 116 123 (UK & RoI) or email jo@samaritans.org. In the US call 1-800-273-TALK or chat online. 

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