It's not exactly a surprise, but the Los Angeles Coroner's Department has confirmed suicide by hanging as the official cause of death for Linkin Park's Chester Bennington.
The 41-year-old Bennington's body was found on the bedroom door at his home in Palos Veerdes Estates on July 20; He used a belt to commit the act, according to the report. A "partially empty bottle of alcohol" was also found in the room but the coroner determined that it was not a contributing factor to Bennington's death. The time of death was listed as 9:08 a.m.
A private funeral was held for Bennington last Saturday (July 25), and souvenirs from the service -- including laminates, programs, wristbands and lapel pins -- surfaced on eBay, with asking prices of more than $50,000 for packages, before being removed.
More than 300 Linkin Park-sanctioned tributes to Bennington are slated to take place worldwide this weekend, and the group has asked for donations to be made in his memory to MusicForRelief.org.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.