The world was shocked in July when it emerged that Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington had taken his own life. The 41-year-old had been open about his battles with depression and addiction and had seemingly been doing well in the months prior to his death.
Now, five months on from the singer’s untimely death, the findings of a coroner’s report have revealed that the father-of-six was not under the influence of drugs when he died, but he did have some traces of alcohol in his system despite having been sober for six months.
E! News obtained a Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office report which revealed that the singer displayed a “presumptive positive” for ecstasy, although further tests led the coroner to conclude that he had not recently taken drugs.
The report also revealed that the singer had been found near an empty bottle of Stella Artois and a half-full glass of Corona.
Traces of Bennington’s fingernails were also found under his iPhone, and his wife, Talinda Ann Bentley, revealed that this reflected a habit the singer engaged in when he was anxious.
The report maintains Bennington’s wife told the police that he “would have suicidal ideations after consuming alcohol” and that an “apparent biography” that he wrote was found in his bedroom. She also claimed that in 2006 he threatened to commit suicide.
Bennington, who was a pioneer of the nu-metal genre, was found dead in the home he shared with his wife in Los Angeles. Tragically, he committed suicide on the 53rd birthday of his dear friend and Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who also took his own life in may of this year.
According to TMZ, it was just before his death that the Linkin Park frontman bought a new home in Los Angeles with five bedrooms and four bathrooms. The property was worth a whopping $2.5 million.
Watch the video below to learn more about the heartbreaking tragedy that shook the world:
It is believed that the purchase was made so that his 41-year-old wife and six children would have a secure future even after his death.
Soon after his passing, Bennington’s friends and bandmates set up a suicide prevention website in order to offer advice to anyone who is thinking about taking their own life so that something positive can come from the singer’s death.
Bennington was said to be suffering from concealed depression – a form of depression whereby the sufferer tries their best to internalize their misery to a such an extent that it appears to everyone else that they are perfectly content.
His wife Talinda shared a video which appears to confirm that he was trying to conceal his inner demons from the world. In the video, Bennington can be seen with his family having fun and being silly just hours before he took his life.
Talinda set out for the video to show people that “depression doesn’t have a face or a mood”. “My next tweet is the most personal tweet I have ever done,” she wrote on Twitter. “I’m showing this so that you know that depression doesn’t have a face or a mood.”
It didn’t take long for the footage to go viral around the world, proving that mental illness comes in a myriad of forms.
“This is what depression looked like to us just 36 hrs b4 his death,” she added. “He loved us SO much & we loved him.#f*ckdepression #MakeChesterProud.”
The video is featured in its entirety below. It shows Bennington eating joke sweets with his friends and family and appearing to be in good spirits.
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, we would urge you to seek any available help.
The suicide prevention website that Bennington’s bandmates set up, chester.linkinpark.com, includes suicide prevention information and phone numbers for the US services Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Crisis Text Line.
We wish Bennington’s wife and children all the best in recovering from their loss.