CHESTER Bennington, lead singer of rock band Linkin Park, has died aged 41. The Los Angeles County coroner has confirmed the death of the star – he was found dead in a private residence in Palo Verdes Estates, Los Angeles.His body was discovered yesterday morning just before 9 am.
It is believed the singer hanged himself and was found by an employee.
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.
They are not thought to have been at the house when the incident took place and Chester was alone.
He was previously married to Samantha Marie Olit from 1996 – 2005.
Chester, whose band Linkin Park spawned rock songs including Numb and Breaking the Habit-
Often focused his lyrics on personal struggle, depression and addiction.
Mike Shinoda, who also provides 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.
— Mike Shinoda (@mikeshinoda) July 20, 2017
“Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.”
Music video for the Linkin Park song ‘Heavy’ contained haunting lyrics including: “I don’t like my mind right now // Stacking up problems that are so unnecessary // Wish that I could slow things down.”
In the chorus, Chester talks about how he is dragging around issues that are bringing him down before chillingly adding: “If I just let go, I’d be set free.”
The singer had also previously spoken about a previous battle with drug addiction-
alcoholism and depression – admitting in December last year that he was even at one point on crack and crystal meth.He told Metal Hammer magazine: “I was on 11 hits of acid a day. I dropped so much acid I’m surprised I can still speak! I’d smoke a bunch of crack, do a bit of meth and just sit there and freak out. Then I’d smoke opium to come down.
“I weighed 110 pounds. My mom said I looked like I stepped out of Auschwitz. So I used pot to get off drugs.”
He had also previously revealed that he was molested at the age of seven by an unknown adult and said: “If I think back to when I was really young, to when I was being molested, to when all these horrible things were going on around me, I shudder.”
Just days before his death, he was seen in the recording studio with his bandmates and hip hop artist and poet Watsky, suggesting he was currently in the process of collaborating with him.
He was also reported to have made plans for a photoshoot in Hollywood the day he was found – and a bandmate arrived at the scene to collect him shortly after the police arrived.
The singer’s death comes on the birthday of his close pal Chris Cornell – the Soundgarden frontman who was found hanged in his hotel room back in May.
At his memorial service Chester paid tribute to his friend by performing a heartbreaking version of the Leonard Cohen classic Hallelujah.
RIP Chester Bennington
This is the LA home where the body of Linkin Park rocket Chester Bennington was found by a shocked employee yesterday
Throughout Linkin Park’s 21-year career they released seven full-length albums and Chester acted as head lyricist for their songs.
Linkin Park – which is currently completed by Mike Shinoda, Joe Hahn, Rob Bourdon and Brad Delson – drew a devoted following with their debut album Hybrid Theory in 1999.
The musicians fused their rock and hip-hop styles together to create new versions – one of the most popular being Numb/Encore.
Police officers were pictured at the scene last night as the death shook the showbiz world.
Their latest album, One More Light, was released earlier this year and they have only just returned from a UK tour which included performances at London’s O2 Arena on July 3.
Shocked friends and police officers gathered outside the home as news of Bennington’s death emerged
Several police cars were pictured at the scene in Los Angeles.
The UK leg of their tour ended in Birmingham on July 7 and became their last gig as a group. They were due to start a US tour with pop-punk band Blink 182, who are performing at the O2 tonight, next week.
Just three hours before Chester’s death was announced the band released the new music video for their latest offering Talking to Myself.
The now poignant video follows the band while on tour in a split screen montage as they travel the world together.