The Results of Chester Bennington’s Autopsy Have Been Released and…

…there’s really not much we didn’t expect.

The toxicology report revealed that Chester had a small amount of MDMA (Ecstasy) in his system along with a bit of alcohol, most like from the half-empty bottle of vodka that was found nearby. Police also found an empty bottle of Stella Artois and a half-drunk pint of Corona.

Searching the house, there was a bottle of Zolpidem, a generic version of the sleep aid Ambien, on his dresser. The report doesn’t mention anything that might have been found in his bloodstream. In fact, the tests says that Chester was NOT under the effects of any drugs at the time of his death. He’d been prescribed anti-depressants in the past, but had not been using them for the better part of a year.

Shards of Chester’s fingernails were found under his iPhone and on his bedroom dresser, apparently part of habit Chester had of picking at his fingernails when he was anxious.

In an interview with Chester’s wife, Talinda, she confirmed that Chester had fallen off the wagon in 2006 and left the house with a gun one night. That incident was settled peacefully and without incident. She also confirmed that Chester was in an outpatient treatment program and had a long history of depression punctuated with occasional thoughts of suicide. Again, this is nothing new; Chester was upfront about his mental demons.

There was no actual suicide note, but police say he did leave a handwritten “biography.” We’ve yet to see that.

Chester was found hanging in his bedroom by a black Hugo Boss belt on the morning of July 20. In his pocket was the boarding pass from the flight he’d taken from Phoenix the night before. Talinda and his kids were still in Arizona at the time of his death.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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