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The nu-metal icon’s bandmate Mike Shinoda called out TMZ for the error on Twitter, writing: “Just clearing this up: TMZ erroneously printed CB had MDMA in his system when he passed. That was incorrect, they misread the report. They have since corrected their piece.”
Just clearing this up: TMZ erroneously printed CB had MDMA in his system when he passed. That was incorrect, they misread the report. They have since corrected their piece, see below. I hope other publications have the decency to do the same. pic.twitter.com/MwglKqjsOc
— Mike Shinoda (@mikeshinoda) December 6, 2017
TMZ‘s updated report now reads: “According to the autopsy and toxicology results, obtained by TMZ, the Linkin Park singer’s blood also tested ‘presumptive positive” for MDMA’ (ecstasy) … based on one test. Two subsequent tests did not detect the drug, and the ultimate conclusion was Chester was not under the influence of drugs when he died.”
The toxicology results show that Chester did have alcohol in his system at the time of his death, which was officially ruled a suicide by hanging earlier this year.
The beloved Linkin Park singer was recently honoured with an all-star tribute concert, which saw Mike Shinoda unveil an emotional new song he wrote in honour of his fallen bandmate.
Meanwhile, Linkin Park are preparing to release a new live album called One More Light Live on 15th December, which will feature some of Bennington‘s final live performances.