According to the autopsy report published in December 2017, Chester Bennington's housekeeper found him hanging by a belt from a bedroom doorframe at around 8:50 a.m on July 20. "The belt was looped around the decedent's neck then through the buckle, before extending up towards the door frame," the report reads. "The buckle was at the posterior of the decedent's neck." The housekeeper was the last person to see Bennington alive, having left him alone at 10:30 p.m. the night before. She could not recall the singer behaving abnormally in any way before she left.
Investigators found no note near the body, though they did find a "handwritten apparent biography." They also found pieces of Bennington's fingernails underneath his iPhone and on a table in the bedroom. According to Rolling Stone, his wife Talinda told authorities he had a habit of picking his fingernails when he was anxious. There was no evidence of foul play at the scene, but authorities did find evidence that Bennington had been drinking that night. The singer was found near an empty bottle of Stella Artois, a less than half-full pint glass of Corona, two bottle caps, and a bottle of prescription medication. The toxicology report also says there was a tiny trace of alcohol in his system.
Although a blood test seemed to confirm that the Linkin Park singer had also taken MDMA, further testing indicated he was not on any drugs (per People). The autopsy report notes that Bennington had a history of alcohol misuse, suicidal ideation, and past suicide attempts. It says his wife Talinda told authorities he threatened to kill himself in 2006 while intoxicated, and TMZ says there was another 2016 attempt mentioned in the report before it was redacted.