We finally have some more answers about Linkin Park front man Chester Bennington’s death. The toxicology report from his autopsy was revealed on Dec. 5, more than five months after his death, and it reveals what was in his blood stream at the time that he took his own life.
When Chester hung himself on July 20, he had trace amounts of MDMA, also known as ecstasy, and alcohol in his blood, according to the toxicology report obtained by TMZ. These amounts were very small and it was unlikely that he was drunk or high when he chose to die. However, he was in an outpatient treatment program at the time, and had allegedly told friends that he had been sober for six months. Clearly this wasn’t the case.
Chester had been very open with fans about his history of drug abuse and depression after being sexually abused by an older man as a child. He often acted as a mental health advocate, assuring fans that “it gets better,” and talking about the power of choosing to live.
“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.” Apparently Chester was never able to completely fight off those demons. His wife Talinda revealed that he had another suicide attempt in 2006, but she thought he was better now. Our hearts go out to the family, and hope that now that they have the autopsy, they can gain some closure.
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