Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park, has committed suicide by hanging. He was 41-years-old.
According to TMZ, law enforcement sources said the singer and songwriter hanged himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles County. His body was discovered Thursday around 9 AM PST.
Furthermore, the Los Angeles County coroner confirmed to Associated Press that Bennington had died.
He is survived by his wife and six children.
— TMZ (@TMZ) July 20, 2017
Bennington had struggled with drugs and alcohol issues for years, saying in the past he had considered committing suicide because due to childhood abuse. Bennington, who was best friends with the late Chris Cornell and performed “Hallelujah” at his funeral, committed suicide on July 20, Cornell’s birthday.
Bennington’s death comes just over a week before his band, Linkin Park, was scheduled to play stadium shows with Blink-182 in Flushing, Queens, and Hershey, Pennsylvania. Linkin Park and Blink-182 were scheduled to perform at Citi Field on July 28, and at Hershey Park Stadium on July 30.
Neither Linkin Park nor Bennington’s family has released a statement at this time.
— Chester Bennington (@ChesterBe) May 18, 2017
About Chester Bennington
Chester Charles Bennington, born March 20, 1976, was an American musician, singer and songwriter.
Bennington was best known as the lead vocalist of rock bands Linkin Park, Dead by Sunrise, and live rock cover band Bucket of Weenies. He was originally the lead vocalist for Sean Dowdell And His Friends? and Grey Daze. Bennington was the lead vocalist for Stone Temple Pilots from 2013 to 2015.
Bennington became known as a vocalist with Linkin Park’s debut album, Hybrid Theory, in 2000, which was a massive commercial success. The album was certified Diamond by the RIAA in 2005, making it the best-selling debut album of the decade.
Linkin Park, has sold more than 70 million records worldwide. The band’s debut album Hybrid Theory is one of the best-selling albums in the United States of all-time.
Chester Bennington Tributes
Oh dear God. Massive R.I.P to Chester Bennington of @linkinpark this BREAKS OUR HEART. Suicide is the devil on earth walking amongst us 😞
— ONEREPUBLIC (@OneRepublic) July 20, 2017
no words. so heartbroken. RIP Chester Bennington.
— Imagine Dragons (@Imaginedragons) July 20, 2017
— Elvis Duran (@elvisduran) July 20, 2017
Devastated to hear the news about Chester Bennington. My thoughts are with his family, friends and band. RIP.
— OHTIB (@ohhithereitsben) July 20, 2017
RIP Chester Bennington. Horrible news. One of the best front men to ever do it. A true legend. #LinkinPark
— Levi Benton (@levibenton) July 20, 2017
Absolutely gutted to read news that Chester Bennington of Linkin Park has passed away. His music touched people profoundly. pic.twitter.com/3Y6iHz5Lcm
— Zia Records (@ZiaRecords) July 20, 2017
Hope this Chester Bennington news isn't real
— Zach Myers (@ZMyersOfficial) July 20, 2017
Work just called and said get here and get on the radio. How can we do him justice. I can't say the words. I'm so sorry Chester Bennington.
— Ted Stryker (@TedStryker) July 20, 2017
RIP Chester Bennington.. Linkin Park was one of the first albums i ever bought.. really hits home. proof that money can't buy happiness
— Dylan Holland (@TheDylanHolland) July 20, 2017
Hybrid Theory was the first record I bought with my own money in first grade. I used to dream of being Chester Bennington. This is sad. RIP.
— timmy (@timmyrasmuss3n) July 20, 2017
RIP Chester Bennington
— Bandsintown (@Bandsintown) July 20, 2017
— KALISTO (manny) (@KalistoWWE) July 20, 2017
it is a truth universally acknowledged that chester bennington had bars
— Natalie Weiner (@natalieweiner) July 20, 2017
The office is a little heavier today… 💔 RIP Chester Bennington
— Hopeless Records (@hopelessrecords) July 20, 2017
— American Authors (@aauthorsmusic) July 20, 2017
RIP Chester Bennington. His voice and LP were the sound of a generation. Massively influential to me and countless others. Very very sad.
— Ben Barlow (@ben_barlyo) July 20, 2017
Linkin Park were the first band I ever loved and one of the best bands I've seen live. This is a massive loss.
RIP, Chester Bennington.
— Dean Dobbs (@DeanDobbs) July 20, 2017
I can't believe what I've heard, Chester Bennington was one of my heroes, I have no words ❤️
— Wedgeman Simon (@miniminter) July 20, 2017
Chester Bennington.. my heart hurts. Thank you for getting me through some tough years with your music. All the love to his family ❤️
— matt walden (@MattWaldenAC) July 20, 2017
whoa. chester bennington's death is hitting hard. linkin park was genuinely my first favorite band, and was for so many others also.
— sinai vessel (@sinaivessel) July 20, 2017