Chester Bennington Dies By Suicide Age 41
Chester Bennington of the hugely popular and influential rock band Linkin Park has sadly died aged 41. Linkin Park were pioneers of nu-metal with their momentous debut album 'Hybrid Theory' and since their formation in 1996 have become one of the biggest modern day rock bands, having sold more than 70 million albums worldwide and winning two Grammy Awards amongst their many accolades.
The LA County Coroner says said Bennington apparently hanged himself. His body was found at a private home in the county at 09:00 local time (17:00 GMT) on Thursday (20th July 2017).
Bennington was said to be close friends to Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell, who took his own life in May.
Bennington leaves a wife, and six children from two marriages.
He is said to have struggled for years with alcohol and drug abuse, and has talked in the past about suicide as a result of being a victim of abuse as a child.
This is a massive and deeply sad and shocking loss for the rock industry. Bennington was an impressive and unique vocalist and Linkin Park influenced so many metal heads and musicians, as their early work was a gateway into the rock/metal scene for so many (myself included). He will be extremely missed and well remembered.
The band was currently on its “One More Light” world tour.
R.I.P Chester you will be missed. Thank you for all that you done and all the great music and inspiration.
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