Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington has died after hanging himself, it has been reported.
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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.
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 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.
RIP Chester. Tragic ending. Condolences his family and friends and Linkin Park 🙏🏾
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) July 20, 2017
I'm still a big fan of @LinkinPark. Met Chester in Columbus & he was kind enough to call my daughters on the phone. This is a sad day.
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) July 20, 2017
I am heartbroken you do not know what someone's going through serious. Prayers up for your family right now my brother ❤️💔❤️💔
— #GSAP (@Stormzy1) July 20, 2017
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