Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington is dead at the age of 41, according to a report by TMZ. Bennington’s body was found this morning at his Los Angeles home.
Early reports say Bennington committed suicide. He was found hanging, and no foul play appears to be involved.
Linkin Park has been one of the most successful rock bands of the past twenty years. They have sold over 70 million albums and won two Grammy Awards.
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.
In a sadly ironic twist, Bennington killed himself on what would have been Chris Cornell’s 53rd birthday. Cornell and Bennington were best friends and his death hit him particularly hard.
This is video of Bennington appearing on the Jimmy Kimmel show after Cornell’s death. He dedicates his song to him.
Our condolences to Bennington’s family.