Some shocking news is coming in at this hour. Chester Bennington of Linkin Park has reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his L.A. home. He was 41 years old.
Law enforcement sources have confirmed with TMZ that the singer hanged himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County. His body was discovered Thursday (July 20) just before 9 am. He had six children from two women. Chester was the leading vocalist of Linkin Park who created a storm when they first broke out with their debut album Hybrid Theory in 2000. Many musicians mourned his tragic death:
no words. so heartbroken. RIP Chester Bennington.
— Imagine Dragons (@Imaginedragons) July 20, 2017
RIP Chester. Tragic ending. Condolences his family and friends and Linkin Park 🙏🏾
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) July 20, 2017
Damn This really hurts a lot man #LP4EVER
— DROGASLight Out Now! (@LupeFiasco) 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
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
Chester fought with drug and alcohol addiction in the past. In an interview in 2012, he also revealed that he suffered sexual abuse from an older male friend when he was seven years old. There’s also a strange connection with him taking this unfortunate route today. He was very close friends with fellow musician Chris Cornell, who himself committed suicide by hanging himself in May and today would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday.
Linkin Park released a new video for the song ‘Talkin To Myself’ earlier today. The song appears on their latest album One More Light which is in stores now. Rest in peace Chester Bennington.