epa01035983 Lead singer Chester Bennington of Californian Nu Metal band Linkin Park performs during a concert at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, 11 June 2007. EPA/WALTER BIERI
ENTERTAINMENT: Linkin Park Lead Singer Dies of ‘Suicide’
Police has confirmed that Chester Bennington, the lead singer of band Linkin Park, has died.
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. Chester Bennington, Linkin Park lead singer, dies of suspected suicide aged 41Bennington, who was 41 years old, joined the group in 1999 and became a household name the year after with the release of the band’s debut album Hybrid Theory, which was nominated for a Grammy award for best rock album.
Their second album, Meteora, has sold over 27m units and the band collaborated with Jay-Z for 2004 EP Collision Course.
Bennington also fronted the Stone Temple Pilots from 2013 to 2015 and made small appearances in the films Crank and Saw 3D. When his close friend and fellow musician Chris Cornell, lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, killed himself this past May, Bennington honored him on Twitter and performed at his funeral.
Bennington is survived by six children, Jaime, Isaiah, Draven, Tyler Lee and twins Lily and Lila, and his wife Talinda Ann Bentley.
His Linkin Park bandmate Mike Shinoda tweeted that he was “shocked and heartbroken” at the news while other tributes have arrived from Rihanna, Nikki Sixx, Stormzy (with whom Bennington recently worked), Ohio governor John Kasich and Chance the Rapper.
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