Earlier today (December 6), TMZ ran a story about late Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington and how he attempted to drown himself in November 2016 by tying himslef up and jumping in his pool. He was allegedly under the influence of a “large quantity” of alcohol and ended up changing his mind and breaking free. That suicide attempt was redacted in the autopsy report at the request of the singer’s widow Talinda, who has now slammed the website for publishing the story:
TMZ have shared the autopsy and toxicology report for Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, who tragically committed suicide by hanging on July 20. The report says the singer did have a small amount of alcohol in his system and that his blood was “presumptive positive” for MDMA in one test, but two subsequent tests did not detect the drug, meaning he was not under the influence of it at the time of his death. Police also found a prescription bottle of Zolpidem (generic Ambien) on his dresser, as well as a half full pint glass of Corona and an empty bottle of Stella Artois. Fingernail pieces were located underneath his iPhone and on a table in the bedroom, which Bennington’s wife Talinda said was related to a nervous tic he had. No suicide notes were found, but two apparent biographies, one handwritten and one typed, were found. Talinda says the journals were part of an ongoing outpatient treatment program for addiction. The vocalist had suffered with depression and suicidal thoughts in the past, and had previously taken anti-depressants, until he decided to stop for over a year. The housekeeper that found Bennington said he was not acting oddly the night before his death. You can read a full redacted report HERE.
On October 27, Linkin Park played their Chester Bennington tribute concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA tonight (October 27), alongside members of Avenged Sevenfold, Blink-182, Korn, System Of A Down, Bring Me The Horizon, and way more. Now, you can watch an official recap video of that show below. You can also still watch the full concert HERE.
Talinda Bennington has shared a touching video that her late husband Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) sent her two months before his tragic death. Talinda and Linkin Park have been sharing various memories while trying to raise awareness about mental health.
The Used’s Bert McCracken was recently interviewed by Forbes about the band’s latest album “The Canyon,” which was inspired by the suicide of McCracken‘s friend Traegan. During the chat, he also opened up about the late Chester Bennington (Linkin Park), who he says saved his life.
McCracken said the following about Bennington:
“There’s a lot of stigma surrounding depression, we know there’s no cure. And to speak of suicide with any connotations to selfishness makes me sick and so angry that I end conversations immediately.
Chester was there for me at a time where I was deadly suicidal and he saved my life in 2004. The fact that nobody was able to be there for him in those moments is something we all should think about.
How I’ve chosen to deal with the death of Chester and my friend Traegan is to try to deal it with the opposite way I dealt with death in the past and that’s not internalize anything and maybe speak about it all the time, put it out there to fans, strangers even.
And in that way I kind of feel more connected to what depression might be, more a problem of humanity, a problem with American entitlement and boredom.”
Linkin Park‘s Mike Shinoda recently opened up about the late Chester Bennington during an interview with Kerrang!. You can read some of what he had to say below.
“I spent more time with Chester than anyone else in my adult life, except for my wife. We were always around each other. People would say we were like brothers, but we were different because brothers are bound by blood. Technically we were dudes in a band who could break up and walk away from each other if we wanted to. I think it’s more exceptional that we never did that.”
He added the following about Bennington’s feelings when complimented on his voice:
“It was funny, because he was the kind of guy that when you would compliment his voice, especially early on, he would look away. He would deny it, or he would make a self-deprecating comment. While one part of him really enjoyed being the centre of attention, another part of him ran away.
That was part of the beauty of Chester. And he was inspired by a wide range of singers at different points in his life, people like Dave Gahan, James Hetfield and Freddie Mercury. I would occasionally remind him that he was in that category, but he never agreed with me.
He never acknowledged that he was, but in the past few months, dozens of artists have reached out publicly and privately to let us know what an inspiration Chester and the band have been. We’re just so very grateful.”
He also commented on Bennington‘s relationship with his family:
“He deeply loved his wife and all his kids. His family is really complicated in terms of blood relation, adoption, and whatever… I’m not a perfect parent, nobody is, but Chester had the very best intentions. He had such a huge heart and he loved his family more than anything.”
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Stone Temple Pilots’s Dean DeLeo was recently interviewed by Guitar World to discuss the 25th anniversary edition of “Core.“ During the chat, he also opened up about the band’s former singers Scott Weiland, who overdosed in 2015, and Chester Bennington (Linkin Park), who took his own life in July.
DeLeo said the following:
“It was very sad digging into those demos. It took me right back to the rehearsal room, and to all the memories. You know, Scott and I were roommates back then. We rented a house out in Highland Park. And we lived together while writing and recording and touring that first record. And…yeah, man, it was such a different scenario from Chester because, Chester, that was very, very sudden. And unexpected. Whereas it was the complete opposite with Scott. It was, you know, a 12-, 14-year suicide.
But I’ll tell you what, man, Scott was just an incredible human being. An incredibly gifted and talented human being. I mean, you saw the guy’s body, right? He was like a genetic masterpiece. So strong. And whatever he did, it was like, “You wanna go hit golf balls?” And he’s hitting them 200 yards, straight. “Let’s go waterskiing.” He’s just shredding it. He was just that guy.
Whatever he did he was really, really good at. And I’ll fucking say this loud and proud: Scott Weiland was one of the best lyricists of our time. His lyrics and his melodies and his delivery…he was the fucking best, man. It was an honor to be onstage with that cat. And it was an amazing place to be there with him while writing a song. I miss that guy. I miss the guy he was. I’ve missed him for about 15 years.”
He also added the following about Bennington:
“You know, we lost an angel, man. We lost an angel. [pauses] I loved Chester dearly, man. He was just an exquisite guy. I really, really loved him. And I’m really, really going to miss him for the rest of my days.”
Head to Guitar World to read the full interview in which he also discusses touring with Megadeth in the ’90’s and more.