An autopsy revealed that Chester Bennington had alcohol in his system at the time of his death. The report, first published by TMZ, said the singer was not under the influence of drugs at the time of his death.
The leader of Linkin Park died of suicide hanging last July. The new report, which can be viewed as PDF, contains a section of the police officer who found the body of the singer. A dresser in the room contained a recipe for generic Ambien with a pill cut in half; the section that says to whom the recipe was prescribed was crossed out before publication. The officer also wrote that there was a crown less than half full, as well as an empty bottle of Stella Artois. There was also a diary with a handwritten biography but no date. There was not a suicide note.
In the report, the coroner wrote: "the findings of the autopsy are characteristic of suicide execution, there was a history of suicidal ideation."
TMZ reports that Bennington's wife, Talinda, had informed authorities of the singer's previous attempt to die by suicide, including once in 2006 when she left the house with a gun after drinking a lot. His fingernails were found under his iPhone, and Talinda said it was a habit he had when he was anxious. She said she was recently on an outpatient treatment program and, as far as she knew, had not taken antidepressants in a year.
Earlier this year, Bennington's friends told Rolling Stone that the singer had been struggling to maintain his sobriety during the past year. A month before his death, he told his friend, guitarist Ryan Shuck, that he had been sober for only six months. And when Shuck told him that he was also fighting, Bennington sent him text messages in support. "I was describing an hour-by-hour battle with addiction," Shuck said. "When I look at him now, it's horrible, he was telling me, down to the detail, what he would do in the first hour he wanted to drink:" Basically, I take it hour after hour every day. "
At the time, Shuck said he knew that Bennington had been drinking at the time of his death. "We do not know how much [he drank] but it does not take long when you're an advanced alcoholic and an addict and you're struggling to the extent you described me," he said. "You do not need much to lose your mind for a minute."