Chester Bennington's cause of death confirmed by coroner

The 41-year-old hanged himself in his home near Los Angeles

Jack Shepherd
Monday 24 July 2017 12:27 BST

Chester Bennington’s cause of death has been confirmed by The Los Angeles County coroner.

Spokesperson Ed Winter confirmed to the Associated Press that the 41-year-old hanged himself in his home near Los Angeles.

A half empty bottle of alcohol was found in the room, but no drugs were evident. No suicide note was found either. An autopsy has yet to be scheduled.

The singer — who struggled with alcohol and drugs throughout his life — was best known for fronting Linkin Park, an alternative band best known for popularising nu-metal.

Since its release in 2000, Hybrid Theory has sold almost 5 million copies thanks to stand-out singles "Crawling" and "One Step Closer". The album was Grammy nominated, the song "Crawling" winning the award for Best Hard Rock Performance.

Following the acclaimed debut release, the band would reach number one around the world multiple time with the albums Meteora, Minutes to Midnight, A Thousand Suns, Living Things, and One More Light.

During his last interview, Bennington spoke about depression, saying: "I came to a point in my life where I was like, 'I can either just give up and fucking die or I can fucking fight for what I want.' And I chose to fight for what I wanted.”

For confidential support on mental health call Samaritans free from any phone, at any time, on 116 123 (UK & RoI) or email

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