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Linkin Park Frontman Not On Drugs When He Committed Suicide

Blood tests proved only that Chester Bennington had a small amount of alcohol in his system when he hanged himself at his home in California.

People magazine reported that the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office conducted an autopsy and examined the Linkin Park singer’s body for toxic substances. One blood test came back “presumptive positive” for MDMA, commonly called ecstasy. However, two urine tests revealed no evidence of the drug. The autopsy report stated that Bennington was not on ecstasy or any other drug when he committed suicide.

The Blast noted that the musician had “a history of alcoholism, depression, suicidal ideations and prior suicide attempts.” Police who searched Bennington’s home said they found a glass of Corona, an empty bottle of another beer, a bottle of the prescription medication Zolpidem, and pills described as a generic version of Ambien. Bennington’s widow, Talinda, told investigators that her husband had been attending an outpatient substance-abuse treatment program.

A police officer reported that a housekeeper discovered the body of the 41-year-old entertainer at about 9 a.m. on July 20 at the home in Palos Verdes Estates. Mike Shinoda, a Linkin Park bandmate, responded to the news by tweeting: “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.” People noted that Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, one of Bennington’s closest friends, hanged himself to death in May. Bennington was among the speakers at Cornell’s funeral.

The Linkin Park singer fathered six children, including three (a boy and twin daughters) with Talinda. The other kids resulted from earlier relationships. A week before Bennington ended his life, he joined the rest of the band in recording a performance on “Carpool Karaoke with James Corden.” On Oct. 27, Linkin Park commemorated their former bandmate with a concert at the Hollywood Bowl.

According to Variety, Bennington had “made no secret of a childhood marked by sexual abuse, divorce, and drug and alcohol use.” He addressed the issues in Linkin Park songs like “Nobody Can Save Me” and “One More Light.” The lyrics of the first tune features the line: “I’m dancing with my demons, I’m hanging off the edge. … nobody can save me now.”

The band came together in 1996 in Los Angeles, quickly becoming popular in the southern California area before signing a recording contract with Warner Brothers in 1999. The group included Bennington and Shinoda as vocalists, Rob Bourdon on the drums, Brad Delson playing guitar, and Joe Hahn as disc jockey and programmer. The music industry categorized them as a “nu metal” band, a label the musicians resisted. They tried to set the record straight by calling their first album “Hybrid Theory.” The group later performed with rap artists Jay-Z and Pusha T, as well as the Stone Temple Pilots and others.

With more than 11 million sales in the United States, “Hybrid Theory” ranks as one of Linkin Park’s biggest successes. Among the singles on the album are “One Step Closer,” “Crawling,” “Papercut” and “In the End.” The band released six subsequent albums and did nine concert tours.

Source: People
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