It’s been just days since Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington’s tragic suicide, and the chilling audio from the 911 call has been released, giving further insight into the rock star's untimely death. Being that the call was placed by a driver who seemed to be set to pick up Chester, who was 41 years old at the time of his death, it appears that the incident was incredibly unexpected.
“Hi there, I’m working, I’m a driver,” the unnamed man said to the dispatcher, in a recording obtained by TMZ. “I just got to the location and his housekeeper came out and said that he, unfortunately, killed himself. I haven’t seen him, I’m sitting in the car.”
As the driver continued to explain the situation to the best of his ability, cries from Chester’s housekeeper can be heard in the background. “I asked, I said, ‘Is he cold, is he warm?’ And she said, ‘No, he’s dead, he’s been hanging,” he said. “She’s on the phone with his wife right now.”
The “In the End” singer is survived by his wife of 12 years, Talinda Ann Bentley and his six kids, Lila, Tyler, Isaiah, Jaime, Lily, and Draven. Chester had been open about his struggle with addiction and depression prior to his passing and even talked about wanting to commit suicide following an instance of being abused as a child by an adult man. In what is believed to be his final interview, these struggles came to the forefront.
“I came to a point in my life where I was like, ‘I can either just give up and f--king die or I can f--king fight for what I want.’ And I chose to fight for what I wanted. I wanted to have good relationships. I wanted to love the people in my life. I wanted to enjoy my job," he said in an interview with Mirror. "I wanted to enjoy being a dad and having friends and just getting up in the morning. Because that was a struggle for me."
Chester's cause of death has been confirmed by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office as suicide by hanging. And, according to Us Weekly, there was no evidence of drugs at the scene, just a half-empty bottle of alcohol. There was no suicide note.
Chester with his wife Talinda and three of their children. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
In a post to Facebook on Monday, July 24, Chester's bandmates Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Dave Farrell, Joe Hahn, and Rob Bourdon broke their silence about their friend's passing.
“Our hearts are broken,” the post reads. “The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened. You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized. In the past few days, we’ve seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world. Talinda and the family appreciate it, and want the world to know that you were the best husband, son, and father; the family will never be whole without you.”
Our thoughts are with Chester’s friends and family during this difficult time. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.