Linkin Park Frontman Chester Bennington Dies Of Apparent Suicide
Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has died at the age of 41. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office confirmed that the death is being investigated as an apparent suicide.
Bennington was found dead in a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles County at 12 p.m. authorities told us. He allegedly hanged himself, according to TMZ.
The gossip site reports the singer struggled with drug and alcohol addiction and had previously talked about suicide as the result of childhood trauma and abuse.
Band co-founder and producer Mike Shinoda said on Twitter he was “shocked and saddened.”
“Chester Bennington was an artist of extraordinary talent and charisma, and a human being with a huge heart and a caring soul. Our thoughts and prayers are with his beautiful family, his band-mates and his many friends,” Warner Bros. CEO and Chairman Cameron Stang said in a statement to Fox News. “All of us at WBR join with millions of grieving fans around the world in saying: ‘We love you Chester and you will be forever missed.'”
For years, he acted as the frontman to the rock group, whose hits include “Faint,” “In the End” and “Crawling.”
The band’s website listed show dates to promote a new album spanning from July 27 to October 22. Linkin Park’s debut album, “Hybrid Theory,” sold 10 million copies in 2000. The follow up album in 2003, “Meteora” earned the band another 4 million. Since the news of Bennington’s death, the band has posted tribute photos of him to its social media pages.
Bennington leaves behind six children from two marriages.