Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has committed suicide ... TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell us the singer hanged himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County. His body was discovered Thursday just before 9 AM.
Chester was married with 6 children from 2 wives.
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.
Bennington was 41.
This story broke while I was out to lunch, I would've blogged it sooner, but this is just horrible new.
Chester Bennington, lead singer of the popular nu-metal band Linkin Park has died at the age of 41 from an apparent suicide.
Right away everybody is making comparisons to Chester's good friend; Chris Cornell who too ended his life just two months ago today. In an eerie coincidence today would've been Cornell's 53rd birthday. Bennington performed "Hallelujah" with fellow Linkin Park bandmate Brad Delson at Cornell's funeral weeks ago.
While I definitely fell a little out of touch with the music of Linkin Park there's no denying the impact they had on both music, and people around my age. Hybrid Theory and Meteora were must have cds. If you're around my age and were into either rock or rap, then you probably loved Linkin Park. I know I did. They broke down borders between music fans, even for middle schoolers like me at the time. Everybody liked Linkin Park. I don't care what music you listened to, everybody liked In The End.
Linkin Park's sound broke down traditional genre guidelines and make a enormous impact on music as a whole. Their debut album Hybrid Theory went diamond and is widely considered one of the greatest debut albums in rock history. It featured singles such as One Step Closer, Runaway, Papercut, and of course their signature song; In The End.
I was paying my respects at the gym today by listening to Linkin Park during my work out, and couldn't help but get a little sad while listening. After knowing what happened today obviously Chester was dealing with a ton of inner demons. You hear those lyrics from over 15 years ago, and can hear the pain, they're pretty fucked up. It made me think about everything that Chester must've been dealing with. I don't want to write about rock stars killing themselves anymore, this is horrible. Suicide is always a tragedy. This man had 6 children, I can't imagine the pain he must've been dealing with inside that made this his ultimate option, especially with Linkin Park back in the limelight, about to embark on a tour next week.
I don't know what else to say other than R.I.P. Chester Bennington.
P.S. Maybe this is too soon but it made me chuckle