Linkin Park Frontman, Chester Bennington Commits Suicide


Chester Bennington, lead singer of rock band, Linkin Park was found dead in his Los Angeles home on Thursday.

In an interview, police chief for the Los Angeles Country coroner’s office, said that they are currently reaching out to his reps for more details to help with the investigation.

However, TMZ reports that 41-year-old singer appeared to have died by hanging himself.

Aa about 9:00 AM, Thursday, police received calls that a dead body was found in Palos Verdes Estates, a suburban in L.A.

While more details have yet to be released, Chester Bennington’s co-band member, Mike Shinoda, confirmed the news on Twitter.

“Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one,” Mike Shinoda wrote.

Bennington had previously spoken out about his drug and alcohol addiction and being abused as a child. In a previous interview, he said his addiction came to an uncontrollable point that he was “on 11 hits of acid a day.”

“In 2006, I had a choice between stopping drinking or dying,” Bennington said. “I did some counseling with the guys and they really opened up and told me how they felt. I had no idea that I had been such a nightmare.”

He added, “I knew that I had a drinking problem, a drug problem and that parts of my personal life were crazy but I didn’t realize how much that was affecting the people around me until I got a good dose of ‘Here’s-what-you’re-really-like.’ It was a shock. They said that I was two people – Chester and then that fucking guy. I didn’t want to be that guy.”

Earlier this year, Bennington’s close friend and lead singer of Soundgarden, Chris Cornell also committed suicide.

“I can’t imagine a world without you in it,” Bennington shared on social media in May following Cornell’s suicide. “I pray you find peace in the next life.”

He also performed “Hallelujah” at Chris Cornell’s funeral.

Bennington and the rest of Linkin Park were best known for their hit singles, “In The End,” “Crawling,” “Numb,” “What I’ve Done” and “Somewhere I Belong.”

In 2009, the singer shared that music helped him cope with his addiction.

“I have been able to tap into all the negative things that can happen to me throughout my life by numbing myself to the pain, so to speak, and kind of being able to vent it through my music,” he told Noisecreep. “I don’t have a problem with people knowing that I had a drinking problem. That’s who I am, and I’m kind of lucky in a lot of ways ′cause I get to do something about it.”

Bennington is survived by his wife, Talinda Bentley, their son Jaime, twin daughters Lily and Lila Bentley, adopted son Isaiah, son Draven Sebastian with his first wife, Samantha Marie Olit and son Tyler Lee.


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