Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has committed suicide …
Law enforcement sources tell us the singer hanged himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County. His body was discovered Thursday just before 9 AM.
Chester was married with 6 children from 2 wives.
The singer 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.
Chester was very close with Chris Cornell, who himself committed suicide by hanging in May. Today would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday. Chester wrote an open letter to Chris on the day of Chris’ suicide.
The band has had a string of hits over the years, including “Faint,” “In the End” and “Crawling.” Linkin Park crossed music genres, collaborating with Jay-Z.
The band’s album, “Meteora,” was one of the biggest alternative albums in music history.
Bennington was 41.
Law enforcement received a call around 9 a.m. on Thursday reporting the death.
Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington has died, Brian Elias of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 41.
The coroner’s office said that it was on the scene at the singer’s Palos Verdes estate investigating a “possible suicide.” Details of the case would not be available until after investigators returned from the scene.
Neither the coroner nor Los Angeles County Fire Department could confirm reports the death was due to hanging.
Law enforcement received a call around 9 a.m. reporting the death, Elias said. Palos Verdes police said it was unclear if the department was going to release a statement on the matter.
Bennington, a Phoenix native, was open about his struggles with drug and alcohol addictions, which occurred at various times during his life.
The band had just released its seventh studio album, One More Light, and was embarking on an extensive North American tour this summer and in the fall.
The group was one of the most popular rock bands to emerge in the early 00’s, their debut album Hybrid Theory sold more than 10 million copies in the U.S. since its release in 2000, per Nielsen SoundScan.
On May 26, Bennington sung Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at the Los Angeles memorial service of Soundgarden rocker Chris Cornell, who had died by suicide.
Bennington is survived by his wife, Talinda Bentley, and six children.
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