Chester Bennington's Toxicology Report Released

By Kelly Burch 12/08/17

Alcohol was found in the late Linkin Park rocker's system at the time of his death, according to the report.

Chester Bennington

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, who died by suicide in July at the age of 41, had a small amount of alcohol in his system at the time of his death, according to a recently released autopsy report.

E! News reports that the singer’s body was found near a half-full glass of Corona and an empty bottle of Stella Artois beer. TMZ later posted the autopsy report, which can be viewed here.

There was also a prescription for a generic version of Ambien, a hypnotic used to treat insomnia, near where Bennington was found.

Despite the fact that Bennington only had a small amount of alcohol in his system, his widow Talinda Bennington said that drinking alcohol often brought up his suicidal ideations, and that he had threatened suicide in 2006 after drinking heavily.

Police also found fingernail fragments near Bennington’s phone and bedside table. Talinda Bennington said that her husband had an anxious habit of picking at his nails. There was no suicide note, although an undated journal was found near Bennington’s body with what appeared to be a biography written inside.

According to Rolling Stone, Talinda Bennington said that her husband had recently been in an outpatient treatment program, and that he hadn’t taken antidepressants in a year. Rolling Stone also reported that Bennington had been struggling to stay sober, telling his friend, guitarist Ryan Shuck, that he was still very much battling addiction.

"He was describing an hour-by-hour battle with addiction," Shuck said. "When I look at it now, it's horrifying. He was telling me, down to the detail, what he would do in the first hour he wanted to drink: 'I basically just take it hour-by-hour every day.’"

Before the autopsy results were released Shuck said he believed Bennington had been drinking when he died.

"We don't know how much [he drank], but it doesn't take much when you're that advanced an alcoholic and an addict and you're battling to the extent he described to me," he said. "You don't need much to lose your mind for a minute.”

Bennington returned early from an Arizona vacation with his family, and his body was found the following day by his housekeeper. After his death, Talinda reached out to fans on Twitter, inviting them to share their stories of mental health struggles and offer support for each other using the hashtag #fuckdepression.

“If my husband’s death saves one life, then it’s not in vain,” Talinda tweeted.

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