Newly released autopsy results conclude that when Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington hanged himself on July 20 he was not under the influence of drugs — even though a trace amount of alcohol was found in his system and one blood test came up “presumptive positive” for ecstasy, TMZ reports.
“According to the autopsy and toxicology results, obtained by TMZ, the Linkin Park singer’s blood … tested ‘presumptive positive’ for MDMA (ecstasy) … based on one test. Two subsequent tests did not detect the drug, and the ultimate conclusion was Chester was not under the influence of drugs when he died,” TMZ reports. “Authorities found a prescription bottle of Zolpidem — generic Ambien — on his dresser. There was also a pint glass of Corona, which was less than half full — and an empty bottle of Stella Artois.”
The report notes that authorities found pieces of fingernail under his iPhone and on a table nearby.
“Chester’s wife, Talinda, told cops he would do that when he was anxious,” TMZ reports. “She said Chester had a history of depression and previous suicide attempts — including one in 2006 when he left the house with a gun after drinking heavily.”
He had reportedly told friends about a month before his death that he had been sober for six months.