Forty-one-year-old Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington died earlier this year after hanging himself, widening the ongoing conversation surrounding mental health.

According to TMZ, the autopsy and toxicology results now show that he had a small amount of alcohol in his system.

Police also found pieces of fingernail underneath his phone and on a table in a bedroom - a telltale sign, as Chester's wife, Talinda, told them, that he was feeling anxious.

While there was no suicide note, police did find what they called an 'apparent biography', which was handwritten.

Messages left outside Chester Bennington's private residence in Palos Verdes, California, in July. Credit: PA

His wife has also said that Chester had a troubled history of depression, and had tried to commit suicide before. One particular time, in 2006, he left the house with a gun after a heavy drinking session. Talinda also said that at his time of death he had been in an outpatient treatment programme, and had told friends he'd been sober for six months.

In an emotional tribute a few months after his death, Talinda shared a video of him laughing and joking with his family, filmed just 36 hours before he took his own life. By sharing the footage she aimed to show that depression 'doesn't have a face or mood'.

Credit: Twitter / Talinda Bennington

She wrote on Twitter: "My next tweet is the most personal tweet I have ever done. I'm showing this so that you know that depression doesn't have a face or a mood."

In her next post she wrote: "This is what depression looked like to us just 36 hrs b4 his death. He loved us SO much and we loved him #fuckdepression #MakeChesterProud."

Since the tragic events, she has also encouraged others to reach out to friends when struggling with mental health issues, and to open up about any difficulties they are having.

'U OK M8?' is an initiative from LADbible in partnership with a range of mental health charities which features a series of films and stories to raise awareness of mental health.

Explore more here and don't suffer in silence. Reach out. It's the brave thing to do.

MIND: 0300 123 3393.

Samaritans: 116 123.

CALM: Outside London 0808 802 5858, inside London 0800 58 58 58.

Mental Health Foundation

Featured Image Credit: PA

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist at LADbible. Jess graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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