Linkin Park lead vocalist Chester Bennington was found dead of an apparent suicide on July 20. He was 41.
The rap-rock band frontman hanged himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County, according to celebrity news website TMZ.
Bennington was home alone at the time of the suicide while his family was out of town. His body was discovered by a housekeeper Thursday just before 9 AM.
“Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one,” fellow Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda said on Twitter following the incident.
Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.
— Mike Shinoda (@mikeshinoda) July 20, 2017
It was reported that the singer was profoundly affected by the suicide by hanging last May of his close friend, Soundgarden and Audioslave lead vocalist Chris Cornell, who would’ve been 53 the day of Bennington’s death.
Brian Elias, chief of operations for the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner, told Rolling Stone that more information will be released next week Thursday after conducting a death investigation.
Fans and fellow musicians quickly expressed sorrow at the singer’s sudden death on social media.
“Feeling *incredibly* sad. I’m thinking of his family & friends. What an enormous loss. My heart hurts
#RIPChesterBennington,” one fan said.
Feeling *incredibly* sad. I'm thinking of his family & friends. What an enormous loss. My heart hurts💔#RIPChesterBennington
— Monica Villafuentes (@MonVillafuentes) July 21, 2017
In a tweet, Chance the Rapper offered his condolences to Bennington’s loved ones.
RIP Chester. Tragic ending. Condolences his family and friends and Linkin Park 🙏🏾
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) July 20, 2017
Paramore lead vocalist Hayley Williams also gave insight to what artists go through creating music for the world.
artists are ppl compelled to bring beauty into a world that can be so dark. makes sense then that artists are always conscious of darkness..
— hayley from Paramore (@yelyahwilliams) July 20, 2017
It also makes sense to us, Hayley!
Bennington, and the rest of Linkin Park are behind hit songs such as “In The End”, “Numb” and “One Step Closer”. He also served as lead vocalist for Stone Temple Pilots, the side project Dead by Sunrise and supergroup Kings of Chaos.
The singer has struggled with drug and alcohol addiction in the past. In an interview, he also revealed he was sexually abused as a child by an older male friend which resulted to his frequent contemplation to commit suicide.
Bennington is survived by his six children from two marriages.
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