It is a sad day for music as, Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington has died, according to TMZ. The artist was 41 years old. Law enforcement officials claim the cause of death was apparent suicide, stating Bennington hung himself at a private residence in Los Angeles' Palos Verdes Estates.
The L.A. County coroner also confirmed the news to Associated Press. Bennington openly struggled with drug and alcohol abuse throughout his life. The artist's death occurred on what would have been the 53rd birthday of his dear friend, Soundgarden and Audioslave singer Chris Cornell, who committed suicide on May 17. Linkin Park later performed a touching tribute to Cornell during their appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Bennington was married to Talinda Ann Bentley and is survived by six children.
Mike Shinoda, one of Linkin Park's members, briefly commented on his friend's tragic passing and confirmed the news. "Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true," Shinoda tweeted. "An official statement will come out as soon as we have one."
Bennington was the lead vocalist of Linkin Park, one of the biggest rock bands in history. His commanding, raw and stellar vocals and lyrics solidified him as one of the greatest musicians of our time. The band formed in 1996 and released seven albums, including last May's One More Light that topped the Billboard 200. They initially gained popularity with their debut LP Hybrid Theory, which featured classic songs like "One Step Closer" and "In The End." It immediately shot to No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and was certified Diamond by the RIAA with over 10 million units sold, making Hybrid Theory one of rock's most successful albums.
Along with their discography (which included 2004's rap/rock fusion Collision Course with Jay-Z), Bennington also formed his own band Dead By Sunrise in 2005. The band released their debut album Out of Ashes in 2009 before taking a hiatus around 2011-12. The singer also collaborated with Stone Temple Pilots after Scott Weiland's departure for 2013's High Rise EP. We will continue to update as more details are revealed about this harrowing news.
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