Chester Bennington’s Alleged Suicide Attempt In Pool Revealed

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Below is a new TMZ report. Note that Talinda Bennington has criticized this story on Twitter, calling it sensationalized and saying ‘fuck you TMZ’:

Chester Bennington got extremely drunk, hog-tied himself and threw himself into his swimming pool in a suicide attempt 9 months before he hanged himself — something the L.A. County Coroner knew — yet it was redacted from the autopsy report.

Sources familiar with the investigation tell TMZ, Chester’s widow, Talinda, told the Coroner’s investigator that Chester consumed a large quantity of alcohol, hog-tied himself and threw himself in the pool in November 2016, but had a change of heart and was able to break free from the restraint and climb to safety.

We’re told Talinda’s lawyer, Ed McPherson, contacted the County lawyer for the Coroner last Friday and asked that this information be redacted. We’re told the Coroner’s lawyer at first said no, but McPherson persisted, arguing that “marital privilege” should make the information protected. The Coroner’s lawyer agreed and the passage was redacted from the autopsy report.

Our sources say there was a division of opinion in the Coroner’s Office, with some saying there’s no such thing as “marital privilege” in an autopsy investigation and further saying such a privilege has never been used to keep information secret.

It’s especially interesting because, immediately before the redaction, there’s a passage about Chester drinking heavily back in 2006 and threatening suicide before leaving the house with a gun. That incident was not redacted.

Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter tells TMZ, “The report stands as is,” and he would not comment further. We also reached out to the head Coroner but he did not return our calls.

  • Kay B

    So she wants it private but we are going to report it anyway. How do you hog tie yourself?

  • Trovoid

    Why do they have to share this information in the first place? Oh that’s right, it’s because the media doesn’t care about people. They exploit scenarios like this constantly.

    • Kay B

      It actually has little relevance to be honest. It sounds like the pool scenario isn’t complete or is hear-say. Many people who commit suicide have previous attempts.

      • Trovoid

        Right. And it doesn’t surprise me that he tried it before. Although I will say I have wondered many times how much of an impact Chris’ death had on Chester’s decision. Now it’s clear to me that he had already probably been thinking about it. That pool scenario does seem to be missing some details.. I feel for Talinda and her children. I can’t imagine how betrayed they must feel by TMZ and the coroner’s office.

        • Kay B

          I still think Chris’ death had a lot to do with Chesters. I might be naive here but I think if Chris was still alive Chester would be too. I feel bad for even saying that because it makes me feel like I am saying Chesters decision was fast and had no meaning behind it and that is not what I think at all. I think it made it easier for him to decide. On Chris’ birthday too.

          • Trovoid

            Oh I completely agree Kay. I wonder if Talinda ever thinks about that. I was actually trying to be careful about saying that as well because it almost seems insensitive but let’s be real here. I think it directly influenced his suicide but knowing that he attempted it before makes me realize the thoughts were already there. Still, I feel that he would most definitely be here right now if Chris didn’t kill himself in May.

          • Kay B

            That could very well be and I thought that the minute I found out about Chester. I wonder if the kids have gone back and listened to conversations or songs from them. I recently heard my dad from some video taken on a cell phone. He died around this time last year so I haven’t heard him since. I had to stop play right away because it was actually eerie and I wasn’t ready for it. I know that will get better with time but it was haunting.

          • Trovoid

            I did too. When I found out my stomach dropped because I knew it was Chris’ birthday. I didn’t listen to Linkin Park but it seriously disturbed and upset me that he did the same. I can’t comprehend losing a father and godfather/uncle figure both to suicide within two months of each other.

            I’m sure you’ve heard it many times but I’m sorry to hear about your dad. I’m sure hearing that was haunting. I hope the kids dig into Chris’ discography as they get older. They’ll never be able to physically spend time with him again but he’s left a lot for them to emotionally connect to.

          • Kay B

            Thank you for your words. My dad collected vintage fishing lures. I kept some that looked pretty rad and steampunkish. My mom sold the rest because that’s what he wanted. I’m sure it is hard now to hear Chris’ discography, but there is no doubt they will cherish it. May even follow in his footsteps.