Chester Bennington, best known as the frontman for the band Linkin Park, has died by suicide at the age of 41.
TMZ broke the news that the singer was found dead at a private residence in Los Angeles, shortly after 9 a.m. PST on July 20. The Los Angeles County Coroner confirmed the initial report to the Associated Press, and stated that Bennington hanged himself in his Palos Verdes home.
Bennington battled for many years with addiction to drugs and alcohol, and often used music to help him cope with emotional and mental distress. Shortly after the recent death of Chris Cornell, Bennington wrote an open letter to the late Soundgarden singer, and performed at a tribute in Cornell’s memory.
As Linkin Park’s lead singer, Bennington saw his band rise to new heights through the years. Its album, Meteora, is one of the best-selling alternative rock records ever. Linkin Park’s songs have also been featured in many hit films, including The Matrix Reloaded, Transformers and Underworld: Awakening.
Chester Bennington will be greatly missed by his fans. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those in the Bennington family. His memory will live on through his music and those he influenced.
Bennington is survived by his wife and six children
If you or someone you know needs to talk about depression, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
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