Chester Bennington, Lead Singer of Linkin Park, Has Reportedly Committed Suicide
He was 41.
BY Megan Friedman | Jul 21, 2017 | Music
Chester Bennington, the lead singer of the band Linkin Park, has committed suicide at 41, TMZ reports. According to their police sources, his body was found early Thursday morning. The Associated Press has confirmed the news with the Los Angeles County coroner, and Linkin Park's co-frontman, Mike Shinoda, posted about Bennington's death on Twitter.
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
Bennington, along with his bandmates, won two Grammy awards and were nominated for five others. The band had six number-one albums on the Billboard charts, including One More Light just this past May. TMZ notes that the band just released a new video, for the song "Talking To Myself," minutes after Bennington's body was found.
Bennington, who had six children, was open about his struggles with drugs, alcohol, and suicidal thoughts that stemmed from childhood abuse. When his friend Chris Cornell died in May, he wrote an open letter to remember him and posted it online. "Your voice was joy and pain, anger and forgiveness, love and heartache all wrapped up into one," he said. "I suppose that's what we all are."
The news was met with an outpouring of grief from the entertainment industry.
I am in tears.Chester just told me how happy he was…..He was such a sweet and talented man……Ifeel so sad for his family,band mates and fans— Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) July 20, 2017
no words. so heartbroken. RIP Chester Bennington.— Imagine Dragons (@Imaginedragons) July 20, 2017
Chester was one of the kindest men I've had on my show. My heart breaks for his family and friends. He will be missed terribly.— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) July 20, 2017
Oh dear God. Massive R.I.P to Chester Bennington of @linkinpark this BREAKS OUR HEART. Suicide is the devil on earth walking amongst us 😞— OneRepublic (@OneRepublic) July 20, 2017