Linkin Park’s Frontman Chester Bennington Commits Suicide at 41
Chester Bennington has reportedly committed suicide at the age of 41. Law enforcement sources reveal to TMZ that the Linkin Park frontman hanged himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County. He was found dead on Thursday morning, July 20.
Chester spoke openly in the past about struggling with drugs and alcohol for years. The “Somewhere I Belong” hitmaker had also said that he had considered committing suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male.
The “Heavy” singer was close friends with Chris Cornell, who himself committed suicide by hanging back in May. Today would have been Chris’ 53rd birthday. On the day of Chris’ suicide, Chester posted on Twitter an open letter in which he said he “can’t imagine a world without you in it.”
Moments after the shocking news of Chester’s death broke, his band mate Mike Shinoda took to Twitter to say, “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.”
Other artists, like My Chemical Romance, also expressed their grief via social media. “We are deeply saddened by Chester’s death. We loved him,” MCR tweeted. “Our condolences to Chester’s family, Linkin Park, and all of their loved ones.”
Imagine Dragons simply wrote, “no words. so heartbroken. RIP Chester Bennington.”
Steve Aoki said his “heart is shattered. I can’t f**king believe this is real. Crying writing this now. Destroyed.”
The Chainsmokers tweeted, “RIP The legend Chester. You were were and will continue to be a huge inspiration to us.”