Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington has died after hanging himself, it has been reported.

His death at his private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles County at approximately 9am Thursday morning was confirmed by the coroner and is being treated as a suspected suicide.

At age 41, the Linkin Park lead singer’s passing has shocked the music community, in which he was known as one of the leading pioneers of the nu-metal genre, Independent reported.

“Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true,” Linkin Park’s guitarist and main songwriter Mike Shinoda wrote on Twitter.

Bennington had written an emotional letter to his friend and Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell after he died in May. In it, he writes on his grief, how he inspired him, and how he felt Cornell was “saying goodbye in your own way”.

Bennington, in his past interviews, has spoken candidly about his struggles with drugs and alcohol. “It’s not cool to be an alcoholic — it’s not cool to go drink and be a dumbass” he said to Noisecreep in 2009. “It’s cool to be a part of recovery. This is just who I am, this is what I write about, what I do, and most of my work has been a reflection of what I’ve been going through in one way or another.”

He also shared details of an abusive childhood. In a 2011 interview with the Guardian, he said: “When I was young, getting beaten up and pretty much raped was no fun. No one wants that to happen to you and honestly, I don’t remember when it started … My God, no wonder I became a drug addict. No wonder I just went completely insane for a little while.”

Linkin Park’s most recent album One More Light was released in May. A new video for Talking to Myself, featuring Bennington, was released this morning.