Linkin Park lead vocalist Chester Bennington has died at the age of 41. Law enforcement sources told TMZ that the singer committed suicide by hanging at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A County. His body was discovered Thursday just a few minutes before 9 AM.
It’s commonly known that the singer struggled with drugs and alcohol for many years. He even said in the past that he’d once considered committing suicide because he had been molested as a child by an older man.
Bennington had a close relationship with lead vocalist Chris Cornell of Audioslave and Soundgarden. Cornell hung himself earlier this year back in May and Bennington wrote an open letter in response to the news of his death. Today would have marked Cornell’s 53rd birthday. Bennington and Linkin Park Guitarist, Brad Delson, performed the late Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah at Cornell’s funeral.
Linkin Park is well-known for their string of hits such as “Faint”, “In the End”, and “Crawling.” They didn’t just stay within the punk rock/alternative music genre either, as they often crossed over and collaborated with other artists, like Jay-Z for Collison Course. They even explored various genres on their own albums like their 2007 album Minutes to Midnight.
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