Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington’s cause of death has been ruled a suicide by hanging, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office has confirmed.
As previously reported, the singer was found hanging at his residence by an employee in the upstairs area of his home in the Palos Verdes Estates neighborhood of Los Angeles on Thursday, July 20. He was 41.
Bennington died on what would have been late singer Chris Cornell’s 53rd birthday. The two were close friends.
The Linkin Park singer had previously discussed his struggle with alcohol and depression.
“The difficult part was losing all my money, starting my entire life over and having to pay the individual I didn’t desire to be around to get started with,” he said in a 2009 interview, discussing his 2005 divorce from Samantha Marie Olit. “I sensed like my life’s work had been given away. I drank myself to the main point where I couldn’t go out and I couldn’t function. I wanted to kill myself.”
Bennington’s bandmates – Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Dave Farrell, Joe Hahn and Rob Bourdon – broke their silence about his death within an emotional Facebook post on Mon, July 24.
“Our hearts are broken,” the post started. “The shockwaves of grief and denial remain sweeping through us as we come to grips with what has occurred. You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized.Before couple of days, we’ve seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from throughout the world. Talinda and the family appreciate it and want the world to know that you were the best spouse, son, and dad; the family will never be whole without you.”