Music fans have lost yet another musician to suicide. Originally reported by TMZ, Linkin Park front man Chester Bennington was found dead this morning of an apparent suicide. According to reports, the singer hung himself in a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County. His body was found just before 9 am this morning. Bennington struggled for years with drugs and alcohol and had previously talked about considering suicide because of abuse he suffered as a child.
Linkin Park has had a long and successful career, starting all the way back in 1996. Their debut album Hybrid Theory was released in 2000, with their most recent, One More Light released on May 19th, 2017. Linkin Park songs and Bennington’s lyrics have often included fairly emotional overtones, with songs like “Numb,” “Crawling,” “In The End,” and others touching on what could be construed as the singer’s feelings. Even the first single from their newest album hints at struggles and an inability to get by.
Bennington was a good friend of Chris Cornell, who committed suicide by hanging back in May, and the band dedicated a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live shortly afterward to the late singer. Linkin Park was gearing up to start a tour next week. There’s no word yet on what will become of the band. Bennington is survived by his wife and six children (from two marriages).
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— John Moe (@johnmoe) July 20, 2017