Chester Bennington: 1976-2017
Shocking news to report from the rock world as Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park, has died at the age of 41.
In an exclusive from TMZ, local law enforcement sources say Bennington hanged himself in his home in California. His body was discovered around 9 AM.
Bennington is survived by his wife, Talinda Bentley, and his six children.
So far, Linkin Park has yet to issue any statement. The band was slated to kick off their North American tour in support of their new album, One More Light, July 27. Linkin Park posted their new music video for “Talking To Myself” just hours before the tragic news of Bennington’s suicide.
Bennington has been very open about his issues with drug and alcohol abuse and as recent as December 2016 he told TeamRock.com the following:
“In 2006, I had a choice between stopping drinking or dying. I did some counseling with the guys and they really opened up and told me how they felt. I had no idea that I had been such a nightmare. I knew that I had a drinking problem, a drug problem and that parts of my personal life were crazy but I didn’t realize how much that was affecting the people around me until I got a good dose of ‘Here’s-what-you’re-really-like’. It was a shock. They said that I was two people – Chester and then that fucking guy. I didn’t want to be that guy.”
We will update this story as it develops…
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger. Her favorite Linkin Park song is “Bleed It Out”