Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington dies today 7/20/2017
This is sad news. I really enjoy Linkin Park’s music. Chester must have been in a very dark place to leave his band, outstanding career, wife and beautiful kids. If you are in that frame of mind, it can be difficult to ask for help, as most times, they see help as another fail. It is up to family and friends to notice warning signs (sometimes there are none.) If you are able to ask for help, please do so. Regardless of the issues, be it bullying, depression, find someone to talk to. I know it can be incredibly hard. Sometimes though, it is too late. Prayers to family and friends. RIP Chester.
Law enforcement sources have confirmed the singer of Linkin Park hanged himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. county. His body was discovered thursday just before 9am.
The singer struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. He had said in the past he had considered committing suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male.
Chester was very close with Chris Cornell, who himself committed suicide by hanging in May. Today would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday. Chester wrote an open letter to Chris on the day of Chris’ suicide.
Cornell’s wife, Vicky, tweeted out a message following the news of Chester’s death, saying, “Just when I thought my heart couldn’t break any more … I love you T.”
The band has had a string of hits over the years, including “Faint,” “In the End” and “Crawling.” Linkin Park crossed music genres, collaborating with Jay-Z.
The band’s album, “Meteora,” was one of the biggest alternative albums in music history.
His body was discovered this morning just before 9am and it is believed that he hanged himself.
The singer is survived by his wife of twelve years, Talinda Ann Bennington (nee Bentley), and six children – Jamie, 21, Isaiah, 19, Draven, 15, Tyler Lee, 11, and Lily and Lila, 7.
He was previously married to Samantha Marie Olit from 1996 – 2005.
Chester, whose band Linkin Park spawned hit rock songs including Numb and Breaking the Habit, often focused his lyrics on personal struggle, depression and addiction.
Mike Shinoda, who also provided vocals for the band, confirmed the news on Twitter and wrote: “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.”