CHESTER BENNINGTON's Manner Of Death Officially Ruled As 'Suicide'; Toxicology Tests Likely To Be Carried Out

CHESTER BENNINGTON's Manner Of Death Officially Ruled As 'Suicide'; Toxicology Tests Likely To Be Carried Out

The Los Angeles acting chief coroner Dr. Christopher Rogers has recorded Chester Bennington‘s manner and cause of death as suicide by hanging.

Nani Cholakians, an investigator with the coroner’s office, was named on the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner – Coroner web site as having been involved with the LINKIN PARK singer’s case.

Bennington‘s case status is listed on the site as “closed.”

The LINKIN PARK frontman’s body was discovered Thursday morning (July 20) by an employee at the musician’s Palos Verdes Estates home.

The 41-year-old’s body was hanging from a belt on a bedroom door inside the house in the 2800 block of Via Victoria, Ed Winter, spokesman for the L.A. County medical examiner-coroner, said on Friday. A half-empty bottle of alcohol was found in the room, though it was not near his body, Winter said.

A suicide note was not found, Winter said.

Winter said an autopsy was pending, and that toxicology tests were also likely to be carried out.

Bennington struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. He had said in the past he had considered committing suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male.
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SEETHER Frontman On CHESTER BENNINGTON's Death: 'My First Reponse Was Disbelief'

SEETHER Frontman On CHESTER BENNINGTON's Death: 'My First Reponse Was Disbelief'

In a brand new interview with HardDrive Radio conducted earlier today (Friday, July 21), SEETHER frontman Shaun Morgan was asked what his initial thoughts were when he first heard about the passing of LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington. “My first reponse was disbelief,” Shaun said (see video below). “I would never have guessed that somebody like Chester would be in a situation like that.

“I was a big fan of all the music,” he continued. “I even saw merit in this album [‘One More Light’] that everyone was so up in arms about. I figured musicians do what musicians wanna do. So let them live their lives.

“I was looking forward to seeing them on tour, I was hoping to run into them out on the road.

“There’s just this whole level of disbelief, because he was so young, and we’re all still so young in that sense. You’d expect this kind of thing… Well, I mean, there’s no age limit, really, is there? It’s just really, really sad. I feel really bad for his family and I feel bad for his wife and the kids especially. I feel bad for the fans. A really big piece of a lot of people’s lives is now missing. And at least the only solace we can take from that is that he left behind an extensive catalog of music that we can listen to, and we can then comfort ourselves that his voice is still there to listen to.”

Morgan, whose brother Eugene committed suicide ten years ago, added: “I remember when I was fifteen or sixteen and Kurt Cobain [NIRVANA] died, I was devastated, ’cause he was the voice for me, he was the guy that I listened to when I needed the solace that I needed to find that I couldn’t find anywhere else. And when he died, I was absolutely devastated, and I imagine there are many, many people that feel that way now too. I just listened to the music as much as I could, because that’s all I had.

“I think the saddest part, though, for me, then and now, is that there’s no more to come, which is heartbreaking.

“[Chester] was a great guy, by all accounts, so I just think it’s… I mean, I don’t really feel like it’s my right to weigh in. I feel bad for everybody involved.”

SEETHER‘s fifth annual Rise Above Fest, the largest suicide awareness event in the world, will be held this Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23 at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, Maine. It will feature performers including KORN, SHINEDOWN, STONE SOUR, SKILLET, HALESTORM, FALLING IN REVERSE, and more.

“Losing another great rock voice to suicide yesterday is absolutely tragic and heartbreaking,” said Morgan in a statement. “It’s exactly why we are doing what we set out to do this weekend — to build awareness for this mental disease. I started this festival as a tribute to anyone who has lost someone. If this festival does something to help one person reconsider the tragic choice of suicide, then it will be the greatest success of my career. We will honor the memories of Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell and dedicate this weekend to them.”

Morgan, Rise Above Fest‘s founder, was honored in 2016 with the “Artistic Expression” award from the National Council for Behavioral Health at the Awards of Excellence in Las Vegas.


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THY ART IS MURDER: 'The Son Of Misery' Video Released

THY ART IS MURDER: 'The Son Of Misery' Video Released

“The Son Of Misery”, the new video from Australian extreme metallers THY ART IS MURDER, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band’s upcoming album, “Dear Desolation”, which will be released on August 18 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

“Dear Desolation” was produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Will Putney at Graphic Nature Audio in Belleville, New Jersey. Artwork was created by Eliran Kantor (HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, ICED EARTH, SODOM).

“Dear Desolation” marks THY ART IS MURDER‘s first full-length release since vocalist C.J. McMahon rejoined the band this past January.

McMahon blamed his drug addiction for his departure from the group and has vowed to move forward as “a new man.”

Asked what has changed for him since he rejoined THY ART IS MURDER, McMahon told Decibel magazine: “Basically, I’m trying to support myself and my wife as best as I can. I work with my father-in-law as a stone mason… I have my clothing line, and the band’s making a little bit of money as well. Financially, I’m working my ass off and I’m literally busting my ass and hustling as much as I can to be able to have somewhat of a normal life. Sydney is extremely expensive to live in and, unfortunately, it wasn’t my choice to live here. [I was] born and raised here, I fucking hate it. My family and my life is here. Also, not really big on drugs anymore. I was smoking copious amounts of marijuana every day and I was using a lot of cocaine most days. There was a couple of close calls in the U.S. on tour when I thought I was going to die and I possibly did a couple times. Now I’ve cleaned my life up and I have a different outlook on things. Trying to manage my anger management a bit better and try to be a little bit more calm in life because it negatively impacts my family and my band.”

McMahon also spoke about what fans can expect from “Dear Desolation”. He said: “I think you can expect it to be slightly different to a lot of our releases. It’s a record that I feel is like a breakthrough record for us where we’ve really found our sound. It’s something that we feel will be able to push us further in our musical careers in the future rather than just having to stem out of being in this genre of deathcore. I really don’t care what people pigeonhole us as, but, for some reason, the name ‘deathcore’ kind of leaves a sour taste in my mouth after saying it. We’re showing our strengths and variety. We can kind of move into a more modern metal phase of our lives now where we’re not going to be — not that we ever were — this generic deathcore-sounding band. This record will be more appealing to people that are into more of a modern metal, modern death metal sort of element and style of music. I think we’ve broken down the actual content of the music and instead of having ten or twelve riffs in a song, having the listener try to pick up on a few different riffs, we’ve broken the structures down so there’s less riffs but the riffs are better. The structures are not as complex as older material. It’s like taking out all the great things we’ve always liked about our band and trying to figure out what works for us in the best way and not having to add filler to everything else to make it more technical or more crazy or more interesting. We’ve kind of broken down the way that our band writes and try to write the best of the best, rather than just writing the craziest, the heaviest, the craziest breakdown, the techiest riff. Instead of doing those things, we just try to take out what works and what we like and incorporate that into having a more modern sound that’s not so deathcore. We’re evolving on this record and it’ll be interesting to see what the listeners think of it, that’s for sure.”


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GUNS N' ROSES Online Photography Auction Celebrates 30 Years Of 'Appetite For Destruction'

GUNS N' ROSES Online Photography Auction Celebrates 30 Years Of 'Appetite For Destruction'

Rock Scene Auctions has launched its second auction celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the release of GUNS N’ ROSES‘ groundbreaking debut album, “Appetite For Destruction”, featuring 15 iconic GN’R photos from Mark “Weissguy” Weiss.

Go to RockSceneAuctions.com and bid on one of Weiss‘s iconic photographs. Through the site, music fans will have the opportunity to bid on rock and roll photographs. WhyHunger will receive a percentage of proceeds from the auctions.

Mark talks about his days with GUNS N’ ROSES: “I first shot GUNS N’ ROSES the fall of 1986, eight months prior to the release of ‘Appetite For Destruction’. They were still working on the album. The buzz was out and Hit Parader magazine wanted me to shoot them for the cover.

“When I first met them, they were a bit guarded. They had their own photographer who was there. The band didn’t want to shoot with anyone but him, as I was told by the publicist. The record company told them they had to shoot with me so I can get them in the magazines. I remember Axl [Rose, GN’R singer] not wanting to look in the camera. I gave them their space and shot a few rolls of film. I thought it was peculiar that they would be all glammed up and then on Axl‘s pants it said, ‘GLAM SUCKS.’ It was the beginning of many more memorable images to come.

“The band came by my studio for a quick shoot during their stay in New York City [when] they played at the Ritz on October 23, 1987. February 2, 1988, just four months later, they came back to New York City to play the Ritz for a live MTV broadcast concert. This historic show put GUNS N’ ROSES on the rock and roll map and on the way to superstardom.

“They invited me to come to CBGB’s on October 30th where they did an acoustic set along with an autograph signing.

“I shot a few MÖTLEY CRÜE shows in Florida at the end of November 1987, GUNS N’ ROSES were the opening band. I went to say hello to the guys before they went on and asked if they would do a few photos after the show. When I went back, Axl was in a towel with his boots on.

“In the spring of ’88, I was back in L.A. and heard GUNS were off tour for a couple of weeks. I reached out to their publicist to see if they would be up for a shoot. We ended up shooting the Sunset Grill on Hollywood Boulveard. Everyone showed up except Axl. I shot individuals of the four of them and the next day I shot Axl. He drove up with his girlfriend Erin Everly, had a burger, then posed for about 15 minutes. As he was leaving, he showed me his cell phone, which was huge! He was, like, ‘Look what I got, Mark. Wanna make a call?’ It was the first time I used a cell phone.”

Former GUNS N’ ROSES drummer Steven Adler recalled the sessions with Mark: “He was able to make guys in the band that he shot really look good. He knew when to push the button and set the lights. He had that magic touch. Like GUNS N’ ROSES did, when the five of us were together we had that magic touch; we couldn’t do no wrong. And Mark had that same magic.”


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LINKIN PARK Officially Cancels Tour Following CHESTER BENNINGTON's Death

LINKIN PARK Officially Cancels Tour Following CHESTER BENNINGTON's Death

LINKIN PARK has canceled its previously announced US. headlining tour, Live Nation has announced. The trek was called off just a day after the passing of the band’s singer, Chester Bennington, who died by hanging.

“We are incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Chester Bennington,” the tour promoter said in a statement, adding that “refunds are available at point of purchase. Our thoughts go out to all those affected.”

The “One More Light” tour was set to kick off in Mansfield, Massachusetts on July 27.

Bennington played his last concert with LINKIN PARK just two weeks before his death — on July 6 — at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, England.
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