TMZ: Chester Bennington's autopsy shows alcohol and ecstasy

Carla Harmon
December 6, 2017

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.

TMZ reports that Bennington's wife, Talinda, had informed the authorities of the singer's previous attempt at death by suicide, including one time in 2006 when he left the house with a gun after drinking heavily.

In September, Bennington's widow Talinda posted one of the very last images of him alive to raise awareness of depression.

Bennington died at the age of 41, just two months after his friend Chris Cornell died.

According to the report, a prescription bottle of the sedative Ambien (Zolpidem), which the singer occasionally used, was found near his body, however, that drug was not detected in the toxicology screen.

In the report, the coroner wrote, "autopsy findings are characteristic of suicidal hanging".

When police searched Bennington's home and possessions, they found pieces of fingernail underneath his iPhone and on a bedroom table.

"Talinda added Chester was now in an outpatient treatment program", the site said. Speaking with Rolling Stone, Bennington's Dead by Sunrise band mate Ryan Shuck says that a month prior to his death, Chester had been sober for six months.

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