In July, Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park, committed suicide. Fans and fellow celebrities alike mourned his death, but it wasn't clear what factors contributed to his decision to kill himself.
At the time, law enforcement sources revealed that the singer hanged himself at his private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County.
People close to Bennington revealed that the singer suffered from drugs and alcohol abuse for many years. However, he was thought to be clean at the time of his death.
Bennington had revealed, prior to his death, that he had considered committing suicide because “he had been abused as a child by an older male.”
Chester was 41 at the time of his death.
Now, TMZ reports the results of Bennington's autopsy. The tests show that he had alcohol and ecstasy in his system when he hanged himself.
"According to the autopsy and toxicology results, obtained by TMZ, the Linkin Park singer had a small amount of alcohol and MDMA (ecstasy)," wrote TMZ.
Authorities found a prescription bottle of Zolpidem—generic Ambien, which is used to treat insomnia—on his dresser. There was also a pint glass of Corona, which was less than half full, and an empty bottle of Stella Artois.
Ambien warns about mixing the drug with alcohol. It can have a variety of severe effects on the central nervous system, including severe physical and cognitive impairment.
Please pray for his family as they deal with knowing that their loved one had relapsed prior to his death. Also, please pray for all those who battle drug or alcohol addictions, as well as those who deal with mental health issues.
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