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.
The band was set to start touring at the end of July following the release of their latest album One More Light. The band’s sixth album, released back in May, had jumped to the top of the Billboard chart in just a couple of weeks.
In a January 2011 interview, Bennington talked about how important it was to express your feelings and world view points in a non-violent way. “There’s a non-violent way to express yourself and get your point across—regardless of what you’re saying or what your point is.” It’s commonly known that Bennington often acted as a pacifist and was a firm believer in talking out one’s differences.
Bennington leaves behind his wife, Talinda Bentley, and his six children.
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