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Chester Bennington’s Death Officially Ruled Suicide by Hanging by Medical Examiner

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When news broke of Chester Bennington‘s death broke, it had been reported that the Linkin Park singer committed suicide by hanging himself. This has now been confirmed by the Los Angeles County Department Medical Examiner – Coroner in a newly released document on the office’s website.

Dr. Christopher Rogers and investigator Nani Cholakians are both named on the report, which also listed no other significant causes regarding Bennington’s death and that the case is closed. No toxicology report has been carried out as of yet and other reports have indicated that a partially empty bottle of alcohol was in the room that the singer had died in.

Bennington was found dead by an employee at his Palos Verdes Estates home around 9AM PT on Thursday (July 20) morning. An undisclosed bandmate was en route to bring Bennington to a scheduled photo shoot and arrived as police were on the scene. Linkin Park were also scheduled to launch their North American tour on July 27, which has now officially been canceled.

The vocalist had been open about previous struggles with substance abuse and his battle with inner demons. He had discussed them publicly as recent as this year, even telling Rock Sound, ““So, it’s really great to be able to be doing what I do, especially for a person like me. If it wasn’t for music I’d be dead. One hundred percent.”

The rock world has been devastated by this tragedy, still reeling from the loss of Chris Cornell, and Bennington’s suicide took place on Cornell’s birthday and in the same manner. Many have offered their tributes and condolences on social media and others, like Disturbed‘s David Draiman and Otep Shamaya, have released touching statements individually.

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